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Dr. Steve Zegree

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Singing Hoosiers

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Gold Company
  • Founder
    Gold Company


  • master's degree
    Indiana University
  • bachelor's degree
    Miami University
  • doctoral degree
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
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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.
His 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.
"Zegree was known for ending all shows with a song called 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,'" McElroy said. "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 said. He took Zegree through all their traditions and was assured they would remain intact by their new director, McElroy said.
Zegree had a treasure trove of lessons he taught his students on a regular basis. One of his most influential lessons was to embrace change, even if it is scary, McElroy said.
Zegree's 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 said.
Zegree was completely selfless in everything he did, McElroy said. If a student had a problem, Zegree would do whatever he could to help.
Music Dispatch Online - Composer Biographies -, 26 May 2015 [cached]
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Music Dispatch
Stephen Zegree
Stephen Zegree (1953-2015) was the Bobby McFerrin Professor of Music at Western Michigan University where he taught classical and jazz piano; directed the Gold Company, an internationally recognized jazz vocal ensemble; and performed as pianist with the Western Jazz Quartet, the resident faculty jazz ensemble in the School of Music. The winner of numerous competitions, awards, and honors Dr. Zegree appeared as pianist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator on five continents. He was a Steinway Artist.
Dr. Zegree was a cum laude graduate of Miami University, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He earned the Master of Music degree ""With Highest Distinction"" at Indiana University in piano and jazz, and completed doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, which included tenure as conducting assistant to Dr. Eph Ehly. Dr. Zegree's choral arrangements are published by Hal Leonard Music Publications, Shawnee Press, and others.
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STEPHEN ZEGREE Hal Leonard Online
Stephen Zegree is Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where he teaches piano and jazz, performs with the Western Jazz Quartet, and conducts Gold Company, an internationally recognized jazz-show vocal ensemble. The winner of numerous competitions, awards, and honors, Dr. Zegree is in demand as a guest conductor, pianist, clinician, and adjudicator around the world.
Under his direction Gold Company has appeared at major jazz festivals and in concert throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Dr. Zegree is a cum laude graduate of Miami University, where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance.
Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz ..., 3 June 2012 [cached]
Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp
Steve Zegree Artistic Director: Dr. Steve Zegree Bobby McFerrin Professor of Jazz, WMU School of Music Director of Gold Company and Vocal Jazz Ph: (269) 387-4689
Steve Zegree Profile
Dr. Steve Zegree , Artistic Director
Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp
Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Steve Zegree says,
Craig Manning A&E Editor 35 years ... [cached]
Craig Manning A&E Editor 35 years ago, Dr. Steve Zegree gave Western Michigan University one of its greatest gifts, founding the Gold Company program and setting the School of Music's jazz pro...
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