Dr. Richard Zielinski
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Head of Graduate Choral Studies
American conductor, Richard Zielinski, is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. Richard serves as Director of Choral Activities on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he has premiered performances of Die Schöpfung and Carmina Burana choreographed for ballet as well as numerous stage productions for musical theater.
A champion of new music, Richard Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads the choirs at OU and the Norman Philharmonic in performances of contemporary works from composers like Libby Larsen, John Mackey, and Michael Daugherty. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has also recorded works by Norman Dello Joio, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daley, David Del Tredici, Alice Parker, and Eric Whitacre among others.
Richard Zielinski begins his seventh year as artistic director and conductor of the 40-year-old Classical Music Festival Eisenstädter Sommerakademie; and serves as Music Director and Artistic Director for the Norman Philharmonic. He has conducted extensively both in the United States and abroad including The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and Poland’s Szczecin Philaharmonic Orchestra. He has also held several positions abroad including artistic director and conductor for Chor Akademicki Politechniki Szczecinskiej, In Terra Pax, and the International Festival of Choral Song in Poland.
Throughout his career, Richard Zielinski has devoted time to working with students and young artists. In addition to creating and leading outreach programs with the Norman Philharmonic, he also has worked with students at numerous music festivals in the United States and abroad. Zielinski also serves as Director of Music Ministries at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma.
Dr. Eugene Enrico
Ruth Verne David Reaugh Professor of Music
Dr. Eugene Enrico is the Ruth Verne Davis Reaugh Professor of Music. Enrico, an internationally recognized music scholar, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history. He also guides dissertation research and directs the Collegium Musicum. He serves as Producer/Director of the Early Music Television series of videos about early music and its cultural context, and is Artistic Director of the Accademia Filarmonica, a concert series featuring music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Enrico earned his Ph.D. degree in Musicology from the University of Michigan in 1970. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1976, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution and Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Louisville. In 1989, he served as a visiting research scholar, also at the Smithsonian Institution.
A specialist in Renaissance and Baroque music, Enrico is author of the book The Orchestra at San Petronio in the Baroque Era, published by the Smithsonian institution Press. Enrico also wrote the article “Music of Wind Instruments” published in Encyclopedia Britannica; produced the award-winning Waverly Consort Recording entitled 1492: Music From the Age of Discovery, and produced and directed Isabella d’Este: First Lady of the Renaissance, broadcast nationally by PBS. Enrico also has hundreds of concerts, radio and television broadcasts to his credit.
Dr. David Howard
Associate Director of Choral Activities
Dr. David Howard, Associate Director of Choral Activities, conducts the OU Men’s Glee Club, OU Women’s Chorus, and Opera Chorus. He teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and also coordinates the annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop and the Women’s Choral Leadership Invitational. His collegiate choirs, civic choruses, opera choruses, church choirs, and secondary choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan have been hailed for their beauty of tone, musicality, and clarity of diction. He regularly serves as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator. Prior to his appointment at OU, he served as associate director of choral activities at Stephen F. Austin State University, chorus-master of Opera East Texas, director of music at First Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Equally at home as a baritone soloist, Howard maintains a performance schedule in oratorio and cantata presentations, and as a recitalist. His repertoire ranges from the music of J.S. Bach to Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently, Howard gave recitals of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis in collaboration with pianist Andrew Parr, and performed the Berlioz’s Grand Messe des morts with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus under the baton of Robert Spano.
His scholarly articles have appeared in the British academic music journal, Musical Times, and in The Choral Journal. Moreover, his performing edition of two four-voice madrigals by the Italian Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi have recently been published together in one octavo by Alliance Music Publications.
He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in vocal performance (cum laude) from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University.
Visiting Professor of Choral Music
Tony Gonzalez is recently retired from Norman North High School where he spent seventeen years producing a choral program that gained state, regional, and national acclaim. The combined choirs earned the coveted State Sweepstakes Award a record 17 consecutive years. They won prestigious national festivals in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Washington, D.C., NYC, Orlando, and San Diego. His ensembles performed for state, regional and national conventions of OMEA (a record ten appearances), OCDA, SWACDA (Kansas City-2008, Little Rock-2014) and ACDA (NYC-2003, Miami-2007, and OKC-2009). His Chorale has been broadcast nationally on 271 radio stations on NPR’s From the Top. His Mostly Mozart Concerts have been hailed as a staple part of the Norman community. He has served as adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the Southwest. He has been voted to Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers. He was honored in 2003 by the National Music Educators Association in its national magazine, Teaching Music, as one of the outstanding music educators in the country. He is the 2005 and 2006 recipient of the State and Regional Music Educator of the Year award for the National Federation of High Schools. In 2007 he was named the NFHS Music Educator of the Year. In 2008 OMEA honored him as Exemplary Teacher for his life-long work in music education. He has been honored twice by the Norman Chamber of Commerce for his artistic contributions to the cultural life of the community. He was recently named the 2015 recipient of the OCDA Director of Distinction Award.
Tony has served as President of the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, SWACDA R&S High School Chair, and OCDA R&S Jazz Chair. Tony has held high school teaching positions in Texas. He is former Director of Choral Activities at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, OK. He was conductor of the Norman Community Choral Society and the Oklahoma Vocal Arts Ensemble. He is currently SWACDA President-Elect.
Tony’s career as a voice teacher has had impressive results as well. His voice students have scored impressive honors over the past decades at state and regional competitions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His high school students have won numerous times and established a high reputation for his voice studio. Many of them furthered their careers as performers and teachers. He has lectured at Boston Conservatory on voice pedagogy and the role it plays in the systematic training of young voices.
A native of Brownsville, Texas, Tony attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he studied with Ron Shirey. He earned his B.M.E. degree at Texas A & I University in Kingsville. He received a M.M.E. degree from the University of Oklahoma and has completed course work toward his D.M.A. degree in Choral Conducting. His studies at the University of Oklahoma included work with Dr. B. R. Henson and Dr. Bruce Govich. Additional studies also included Julius Herford, Simon Carrington and Jerry McCoy.
His wealth of experience as a conductor, classroom teacher and voice teacher is central to his work. His calling as a teacher was always grounded solidly in establishing and pursuing the highest musical ideals through a passionate love for the arts and his students.