Chair, Music Department and Professor of Music
Degree: DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)
Office: Admin 452
Phone Number: (402) 449-2852
Dr. Zielke received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (BA) from Tabor College, the Master of Music Education (MME) from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting (DMA) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His conducting teachers included Dr. Harrison Boughton and Dr. Eph Ehly. His master classes were with Rene Clausen and Dale Warland.
He is a member of Chorus America, the American Choral Director’s Association, Music Educators National Conference, Nebraska Music Educators Association and College Music Society.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Greg Zielke is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Program at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska. He began teaching at Grace University in 1991. He directs the Grace Chorale, the Masterworks Chorus, and the Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches courses in conducting, choral methods, music and worship, and applied voice. Under his direction, Grace choirs have performed across America and taken concert tours to Australia and Europe. The latest tour to Europe came in 2011. They have also performed with Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, the Clarion Chorale, the Omaha Municipal Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Grace University choirs under Dr. Zielke’s direction have performed the Faure Requiem, Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi Gloria, the Rutter Gloria and Requiem, and Messiah by Handel
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Zielke has been conductor and Artistic Director for the Omaha Symphonic Chorus since their 2002-03 concert season. The annual Christmas at the Cathedral has become a favorite of audiences. Christmas at the Cathedral is OSC’s signature event and is now in its 15th edition. Dr. Zielke has conducted performances with OSC and the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, the Poulenc Gloria, Mozart Missa Brevis, and the Vivaldi Gloria. He has prepared the chorus for performances with the Omaha Symphony of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem for conductor Dr. Steven Zielke, Mass in B minor by Bach and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Maestro Victor Yamplosky, Carmina Burana, Those Glorious Hollywood Musicals with conductor Jack Everly, and Porgy and Bess: Concert Version with Maestro Thomas Wilkins and Chorusmaster David Batter. He also prepared the Symphonic Chorus for performances Beethoven&rsqu o;s 9th Symphony and the Faure Requiem with the Omaha Symphony.
Dr. Zielke debut at Carnegie Hall occurred on June 09 as conductor of a performance of the Hadyn “Te deum.” He conducted a chorus of 160 voices and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Participating choirs included Savannah State University Concert Choir, Auburn University Choir, Omaha Christian Academy Ensemble, Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Grace Chorale, Grace University Masterworks Chorus, Marist College Choir, and Emmaus High School Chorale. This year he is preparing singers to perform the Faure Requiem at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 3, 2013.
As Artistic Director and Conductor of the Voices of Omaha (1996-2002), Dr. Zielke conducted 14 performances of Handel’s Messiah.
He served on the Steering Committee for the 2006 Convention of the North Central Division—ACDA. In this position he worked with Craig Hella Johnson in preparing the Peace Event held during the 2006 Divisional Convention in Omaha. In 2008 he guest conducted the Homestead Choral Festival in Beatrice NE. In January 2010 he conducted the BOCK Festival Women’s Honor Choir at the Holland Center in Omaha NE.
In his role as church musician, Dr. Zielke enjoys conducting choral festivals and leading workshops on music and worship. He serves as Director of Music and Worship at Community Bible Church in Omaha. He also serves as chair of the Repertoire & Standards Committee for Music and Worship for the Nebraska ACDA. He recently organized the 8th Annual Nebraska-ACDA Church Choir Festival to benefit the Open Door Mission of Omaha.
His wife Tamara is an elementary music specialist at Cottonwood Elementary for Millard Public Schools. His two daughters are singers and are pursuing careers in singing, theatre and teaching. They are both married to wonderful husbands. Greg and Tamara spend all their spare time either at home recovering from their busy schedules, traveling to visit the children and the grandson, or finding opportunities to enjoy their hobbies. For Greg, that is fly fishing. Where’s the nearest trout stream?