Richard Zielinski, Music & Artistic Director
Richard Zielinski is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he also serves as music and artistic director for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. Zielinski is in his eighteenth year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival. He is also a recipient of the Gold Medal of Achievement for his artistic achievements and musical contributions in Eisenstadt as principal conductor and artistic director of the Classical Music Festival. Zielinski has conducted extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the opening concert for the 2014 International Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. His recent conducting engagements in Poland include the Filharmonia Gorzówska, Zielona Gora Filharmonic, Ołsztyn Filharmonia, and Akademia Sztuki Orchestra, Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China, and the Joseph Haydn Conservatory Orchestra in Eisenstadt. Previous conducting engagements include the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic among others. A champion of new music, Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads orchestras in performances of contemporary works. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has recorded five CDs of music by many well known contemporary composers.The ensemble recently received the 2018 Grand Prix award at the International Choral Song Festival in Miedzyzdroje, Poland for their innovative and outstanding performances. Richard was also awarded Best Conductor of the Festival.
Jane Magrath, Piano Seminar Director
Dr. Jane Magrath, Director of the Piano Seminar, is internationally known as a pianist, clinician, and author. Her book The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature has become a classic reference work and a second book Piano Literature for Teaching and Performance
was issued in 2021. She also is known for her more than forty piano
literature editions through Alfred Music that are used widely in the
U.S. and abroad. She has presented over three hundred workshops and
master classes throughout the US and on four continents. As a faculty
member at the University of Oklahoma, Magrath was Regents’ Professor and
held the Grant Endowed Chair in Piano Pedagogy at the University of
Oklahoma, where she was named Rothbaum Presidential Professor of
Excellence in the Arts and served as Director of Piano Pedagogy. She was
inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016. In
2019 she received the Achievement Award, MTNA's highest distinction, and
also the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on
Keyboard Pedagogy. Students and former students have been placed in
university and college teaching positions throughout the US and many
have won numerous prizes and competitions. Website: www.janemagrath.com
Don V Moses, Founding Director
Don V Moses, Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus, received his degrees from Kansas State University, Fort Hays, and Indiana University. A former Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois, Dr. Moses has held conducting faculty appointments at the Universities of Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Among his many frequent guest conducting appearances with choruses and orchestras in the U.S. and internationally, he has conducted the Györ, Hungary, Philharmonic, and the Taipai Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Taiwan. With his love of Haydn and vision for musical performances, he founded the Classical Music Festival in 1975 and provided the leadership for 25 years of successful concerts, lectures, and seminars in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, and Vienna. His latest book, “The Masses of Joseph Haydn” is available at www.Haydnmasses.com
Dean Luethi, Chorusmaster
Dr. Dean Luethi serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at Washington State University. He received his BM in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, MM in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and DMA in Choral Music from the University of Illinois-Urban/Champaign. Known for his work as a choral pedagogue, Dean has presented research, workshops, or conducted choirs at festivals, conferences, and competitions in the U.S., India, China, Cuba, Canada, Austria, Poland, and Germany. He is published in Choral Journal, Music Educator's Journal, and his books Aligning Voices: Exercises to Build Choral Musicianship and Quick Start to Choral Singing are available through GIA Publications.
Yunjung Lee, Concertmaster
Korean violinist and conductor Dr. Yunjung Lee is an active performer who has
appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, such as Greece Symphony
Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony Orchestra, and many
others, as well as in international music festivals participating in the
Music Academy of the West, the Brevard Music Festival, the Orford Art
Center, and the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Yunjung Lee is an Assistant Professor and Director of String Activities
at Indiana State University, where she teaches violin, viola, chamber
music and directs ISU Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the faculty
of the Indiana State University’s School of Music, Lee taught at
Louisiana Tech University, at Drake University, at the Eastman School of
Music, and at the University of Rochester. As a member of Trio Ronnati,
she enjoys playing chamber music as well as violin solo. Lee
earned her Bachelor in violin performance, and Master's and Doctoral
degrees in violin performance and literature at the Eastman School of
Music, where she studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Federico Agostini. Besides
her strong interest in broadening her solo violin repertoire and
outreach program, she is an enthusiastic chamber musician, and is
passionate about teaching and conducting.
Cathy Griffin, Festival Administrator, is the Executive Director of the Norman Philharmonic and serves as a marketing consultant specializing in work with arts organizations and financial institutions. She has held marketing management positions with several major financial institutions before starting her own business. In addition to receiving a masters degree from the University of Tulsa, she has performed with opera companies in Seattle, Phoenix, and Indianapolis.
Martin serves as Event Manager for the Classical Music Festival, coordinating arrangements for festival transportation, tours, housing, receptions, along with many other administrative needs that occur throughout the year. Martin is employed as Event Manager at Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna and has also worked as Event Manager for the Fachhochschule Burgenland.to coordinate various events offered through the university. He has been working for the festival since 2012 and completed his International Business Relations (BA-degree) at the University of Applied Science in Eisenstadt while working part time in hotel management. He'll be one of the team members at the airport to greet you.
Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Dr. Brian T. Kilp joined the faculty of Indiana State University in 1998 where he is Professor of Music. Dr. Kilp is Principal Horn of the Terre Haute and Danville (IL) Symphonies, a member of the THSO Brass Quintet, and is a busy freelance hornist Brian has performed and presented master classes inn Thailand, Singapore, China, and Vietnam. Dr. Kilp is a founding member of the the Ambassador Brass, which has toured in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria. Brian has been Principal Horn since 2000, and is currently Orchestra Manager and Board member of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria. A champion of new music, he has commissioned over 15 works featuring or including the horn. He was appointed Visiting Guest Professor of Horn at the Shenyang and Dalian Conservatories of Music, Visiting Guest Professor at Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University in Thailand, and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.
Susan Urbach serves as Operations Manager with the Classical Music Festival. Most recently, she served as Regional Director for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Oklahoma, a position she held for the past 27 years. Being involved with the Classical Music Festival unites both her interests in business and music, having received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. She spent 16 years as a church musician conducting the Tinker Air Force Base Chapel choirs for eight years and several other Oklahoma church music programs. In addition, she worked with MIDI for Kids in their early-stage business development and also produced a CD There Was a Time, Music of Stephen Foster.
Piotr Szulc, serves as assistant to the artistic director. He resides in Poland where he produces concerts throughout Europe. His work has also included producing and serving as emcee for a variety of events including international tennis tournaments, jazz festivals, artistic tours, as well as a wide range of special events for businesses. He also serves as Director of the International Festival of Choral Song in Miedzyzdroje, Poland and is a member of the Board of the Pomeranian Medical Academy Choir in Szczecin, Poland. Prior to this, Piotr was part-owner of a public relations and advertising agency for 20 years.
Anne Swedish Moses
Anne Swedish Moses has served as Administrative Director for the Classical Music Festival as well as soprano soloist for many years. After a successful career as a highly sought after soloist in recital, oratorio, and opera, she turned to public relations and management, bringing this expertise to the organizational work of the festival. Anne now serves as a member of the festival's board of directors.
Phone: (405) 217-2358
Address: Classical Music Festival, 4721 Lake Front Drive, Norman, OK 73072