Richard Zielinski ’81 took the helm as artistic director and conductor of the Classical Music Festival Eisenstadt Summer Academy for the 10th time this summer, leading the orchestra, chorus and soloists from around the world as they performed works of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart in the Esterhazy Palace, St. Stephens Cathedral and the Bergkirche (Haydn’s Church). He was accompanied this year by about 60 music students from the University of Oklahoma, where he’s employed as a professor and director of choral activities, chair of the Voice, Opera and Choir Areas and head of the graduate program in choral conducting — and where he’s known around campus (and the Norman, Oklahoma, community) as “Dr. Z.” He also serves as music and artistic director of the Norman Philharmonic since 2012; director of music ministries at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman since 2009; and founder and music director of the professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, since 2005. He also was presented this year with the Business Person in the Arts Award by the Norman Arts Council.
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