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, and the Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches conducting, choral methods, church music, and private 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 2017. 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, Requiem for the Living, and Messiah by Handel.
Dr. Zielke has been Conductor and Artistic Director for the Omaha Symphonic Chorus since their 2002-03 concert season. Christmas at the Cathedral is OSC’s signature event, now in its 20th edition. Other recent performances include Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Requiem (Faure), Carmina Burana (Orff), Porgy and Bess: Concert version (Gershwin), Gloria (Poulenc) and the Dvorak Stabat mater.
Dr. Zielke debut at Carnegie Hall occurred on June 09 as conductor of a performance of Haydn’s “Te deum.” He conducted a chorus of 160 voices and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. He again appeared at Carnegie Hall with the choirs from Grace University and members of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus in March of 2016. It was a performance of the Mass in C (Coronation) by Mozart.
As a church musician, Dr. Zielke is training and developing passionate worship leaders, choirs, and worship bands that seek to create Christ honoring music and worship. He especially enjoys the opportunity to lead church music seminars and choir festivals.
As Artistic Director and Conductor of the Voices of Omaha (1996-2002), Dr. Zielke conducted 14 performances of Handel’s Messiah.
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, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and the Nebraska Music Educators Association.
His wife Tamara is an elementary music specialist for Millard Public Schools. His two daughters, Mackenzie and Mikaela, are musicians pursuing careers in singing, theatre and teaching. He is grateful for two wonderful sons-in-law, and two terrific grandsons.
Educator, Conductor, Lecturer, Singer, Pianist