Dr. Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State University and music coordinator in the School of Arts and Communication is the Patricia Valian Reser Distinguished Professor of Music. He directs the OSU Chamber Choir and teaches choral conducting and choral music pedagogy. Zielke earned his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting from The Florida State University where he studied with Andre Thomas and Rodney Eichenberger, and held the prestigious Clayton Krehbiel Fellowship, funded through the generous efforts of the late Robert Shaw.
Prior to his graduate work, Zielke received a B.M.E. from Friends University (Wichita, Kans.) and taught middle and high school choral music in the Kansas public schools. Following his graduate work, Zielke was the associate director of choirs at the University of Arizona where he conducted the Symphonic Choir and worked as a colleague with the late Dr. Maurice Skones.
Zielke is a frequent clinician and guest conductor and has recently worked in New York, Florida, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nebraska, Missouri, Nevada, and Kansas. He has also guest conducted the Academic Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen Chamber Singers in Tübingen, Germany. Choirs under his direction have appeared at state, regional, and national conferences, as well as the Festival of Light in Bulgaria and the Prague Musica Ecumenica concert series.
Zielke has led conducting master classes and conducted at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Sichuan Province, China, as well as the Tübingen Academic Chorus and Orchestra in a commemoration concert for the late Tobias Hiller, who was Music Director at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.
Zielke is president of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and a past-president of the Oregon Music Educators Association. He is also the founder and music director of the Corvallis Repertory Singers, a semi-professional ensemble devoted to exemplary performances of the finest in choral literature. Additionally, he serves as the director of music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis. Despite an exhilarating schedule, Steve enjoys playing with his children, watching college football, and gardening with his wife Nicola.
Dr. Sandra Babb a visiting assistant professor of music education at Oregon State University. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and Ph.D. in music education from The Florida State University. She currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Professional Music Teacher Education Program and conducts Bella Voce, OSU's premier women’s choir. Her research interests include choral tone development and best practices in pre-service music educator training. She has presented research and interest sessions at state and national conferences, including the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the New York State School Music Association. Dr. Babb has published articles in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing and the Choral Journal, and she is a contributing author for the K-12 choral textbook series, Voices in Concert.
Prior appointments include: the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY in Queens, NY; the Gulf Coast Girl Choir in Tampa, Fla.; and the Pasco County Public Schools in New Port Richey, Fla. Her choral ensembles have performed for the Florida, New York, and Southern Division conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, and she is in frequent demand as a clinician and conductor for honor choirs throughout the United States.
Dr. Babb is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the College Music Society. She is the advisor for the OSU chapter of NAfME, and has served as the Youth and Student Activities Repertoire & Standards Chair for NY-ACDA. She is a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and was a recipient of the Mainstream Teacher of the Year Award by the Pasco County School District Council for Exceptional Student Education.