John Clayton Seesholtz, dramatic baritone and pedagogue, has performed and lectured both nationally and internationally. His most recent operatic performances include; Florencia en el Amazonas (Alvaro), Verdi’s Otello (Iago), Faust (Valentin), Candide (Pangloss), Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), Pagliacci (Sylvio),Verdi's Falstaff (Ford), Gianni Schicchi (title role) and in the fall of 2016, a performance with the Colorado Symphony in a semi-staged production of La Boheme.
Some of his solo concert performances include Carmina Burana, Brahm’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, and The Five Mystical Songs, Sea Symphony, and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.
He has traveled Europe performing both Opera and Art song. In 2006, he made his Italian debut in Venice performing Guglielmo in the Opera, Cosi fan tutte, as part of the Goldoni Teatro Festival Italia. In 2014, he debuted new arrangements of the “Old American Songs” for Baritone and Chamber Wind Ensemble by Copeland (arr. Van Hoff) in the four countries: Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Slovakia. In 2011, he gave the west-coast debut of Jake Heggie song cycle, “A Question of Light” at Pepperdine University and in 2015, he debuted “Wonder” by Mellos at the Eastman School of Music.
Some of his awards include: Finalist for the Merola San Francisco Opera Program, The Dudley Ralph Appleman Award for Career Potential, 2nd Place Singer of the Year Competition, and the Irwin Bushman Award as NATSAA finalist.
He has published two articles with the Journal of Singing, “The Origin of the Verdi Baritone,” and “The AIDS Quilt Songbook and Its Uncollected Works.” He will be performing art song recital throughout Colorado and Texas as part of the Denver Art Song Project. In February, he will be co-presenting a lecture on the developing male vocalist at the Texas Music Educators Association. He is the Treasurer of the COWY National Association of Teachers of Singing. He holds vocal performance and pedagogy degrees from University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of North Texas.