Students, faculty remember Zegree
as selfless, brilliant educator
Dr. Steve Zegree
and Singing Hoosiers Associate Director Ly Wilder look out towards the Sydney Opera House.
Zegree died March 7 in Bloomington, according to a Jacob's School of Music ?newsletter.
students were aware he
was ill but were not informed Zegree
had pancreatic cancer until a couple days before his
death, Singing Hoosier Jared McElroy said.
Zegree joined the Jacobs School of Music as a faculty member in August 2012 and became the director of the Singing Hoosiers that same year.
He was born May 5, 1953, in Vancouver, Wash., and died at the age of 61, according to the newsletter published by the music school.
was known for ending all shows with a song called 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,'" McElroy
"Once that song came on there were tears flowing.
It was hard but we got through it."
As the student manager at the time Zegree
took over, it was McElroy's responsibility to show Zegree the ropes of the Singing Hoosiers
He took Zegree through all their traditions and was assured they would remain intact by their new director, McElroy said.
had a treasure trove of lessons he
students on a regular basis.
One of his
most influential lessons was to embrace change, even if it is scary, McElroy said.
extensive music and jazz career included a book titled "The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz," and another titled "The Wow Factor: How to Create It, Inspire It & Achieve It," founding a vocal jazz camp called the Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp and creating a vocal jazz major at the Jacobs School
of ?Music, McElroy
was completely selfless in everything he
If a student had a problem, Zegree
would do whatever he
could to help.