Student Focus: Seth Watgen

Name: Seth Watgen

Major: Music Performance and Computer Science

Planned Graduation Date: Fall 2024

In addition to Music, what are you involved with here at ISU and beyond?
I am also a computer science major, so on top of my STEM classes, I spend a lot of time programming and writing/producing music.

What music projecgts are you working on right now or have recently completed?
Earlier this year, I received a grant from Focus: Artist Grant committee to write and arrange music from the Persona 5 soundtrack. This music was then performed alongside footage from the original game in concert on February 19th, 2023. The recordings of the concert and the original sheet music will be displayed in the MU gallery for everyone to see!

What is your favorite thing aobut your experience at ISU?
Being apart of the Jazz Ensembles has been a highlight of my time at Iowa State. Our director chooses such a wide variety of music that everything always feels fresh and new. We're always striving to reach new limits, and the concerts we put on are a joy to perform annd attend!

Why did you choose the Department of Music and Theatre at ISU?
The faculty is passionate about music. The ensembles are an absolute treat to be apart of thanks to the amazing directors like Mike Giles and Michael Golemo.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on pursuing game development and writing music for video game soundtracks. This way I can combine both my majors and passions.

Any workds of wisdom for prospective students?
No matter what you pursue in your future, don't let go of your passions. You deserve the happiness you get form doing what you love.