Dr. Greg Zielke is Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Program at Grace University in Omaha. Joining the Grace faculty in 1991, he directs the Grace Chorale and the Chamber Singers, which recently completed a very inspiring music and ministry tour to Germany. In addition, Dr. Zielke teaches courses in conducting, choral methods, church music, and applied voice.
Dr. Zielke received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Tabor College in Kansas, a Master of Music Education from Wichita State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Missouri/Kansas City. His conducting teachers include Dr. Harrison Boughton and Dr. Eph Ehly. He is a member of Chorus America, the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and the Nebraska Music Educators Association.
Among his many interests, Dr. Zielke enjoys conducting choral festivals, adjudicating music contests, and leading workshops on music and worship. He served as the Artistic Director for Voices of Omaha for seven years and is currently the Director of Music at Community Bible Church in Omaha. His conducting début at Carnegie Hall came in 2009 with a chorus of 160 singing Haydn’s “Te Deum.”
His wife Tamara is an elementary music specialist for Millard Public Schools. His two daughters, Mackenzie and Mikaela, are musicians pursuing careers in singing, theatre and teaching. He is grateful for two wonderful sons-in-law, and one terrific grandson.
Christopher Tow, Omaha Symphonic Chorus Assistant Director and Conductor
Christopher Tow is the assistant conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. His previous appointments include assistant conductor for the Pennsylvania State University Concert Choir, Glee Club, and University Chorus, associate director of choral activities at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL, and most recently, music director of First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow, OK. Christopher has participated in conducting master classes with Simon Carrington, Dr. Paul Rardin and Brian O’Connell. Christopher is an active member of ACDA and Chorus America. He is an inducted member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Christopher earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his master’s degree in choral conducting from The Pennsylvania State University. His teachers include Dr. Christopher Kiver, Dr. Lynn Drafall and Dr. Matthew Harden. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling, gourmet food and spending time with his golden retriever, Duncan.
Stacie Haneline, Collaborative Pianist
Known as an accomplished pianist and collaborative artist, Stacie Haneline brings a remarkable variety of repertoire and experience in all musical disciplines to her performances. She appears frequently in the Summer Concert Series of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, in addition to having been its executive director since 2008. As a member of I, the Siren, the piano/oboe/vocal faculty trio in residence at the University of Nebraska Omaha, she has played music that ranges from traditional classics to 20th and 21st century composers, including Leonard Bernstein, Osvaldo Golijov, and Peter Lieberson. In summer of 2014, I, the Siren was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. Ms. Haneline has worked with a broad range of artists and ensembles in a correspondingly broad range of repertoire for more than 20 years. In chamber music settings, for example, her performances encompass classical masterworks along with contemporary compositions by George Crumb, John Adams, Jennifer Higdon, and Lou Harrison; moreover, she also collaborates with larger ensembles, such as opera, choral, and orchestral companies. A member of the piano faculty at UNO, she teaches piano and a performance-based curriculum on the art of collaboration. She is the pianist for the music department, accompanying fellow faculty members and visiting artists. She continues to work with the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, and national Broadway touring companies (they have included Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Young Frankenstein) and has an active piano studio for musicians of all ages. Stacie Haneline completed her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Converse College (Spartanburg, SC); earned her Master’s from the Manhattan School of Music; and received teacher certification in secondary education at the University of Nebraska Kearney. In her leisure time Ms. Haneline enjoys traveling with her family—especially when it involves scuba diving.