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Richard Zielinski

Dr. Richard Zielinski

Director of Choral Activities
Head of Graduate Choral Studies

Office: Catlett Music Center 127 G
Phone: (405) 325-4182

American conductor, Richard Zielinski, is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. Richard serves as Director of Choral Activities on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he has premiered performances of Die Schöpfung and Carmina Burana choreographed for ballet as well as numerous stage productions for musical theater.

A champion of new music, Richard Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads the choirs at OU and the Norman Philharmonic in performances of contemporary works from composers like Libby Larsen, John Mackey, and Michael Daugherty. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has also recorded works by Norman Dello Joio, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus, Eleanor Daley, David Del Tredici, Alice Parker, and Eric Whitacre among others.

Richard Zielinski begins his seventh year as artistic director and conductor of the 40-year-old Classical Music Festival Eisenstädter Sommerakademie; and serves as Music Director and Artistic Director for the Norman Philharmonic. He has conducted extensively both in the United States and abroad including The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and Poland’s Szczecin Philaharmonic Orchestra. He has also held several positions abroad including artistic director and conductor for Chor Akademicki Politechniki Szczecinskiej, In Terra Pax, and the International Festival of Choral Song in Poland.

Throughout his career, Richard Zielinski has devoted time to working with students and young artists. In addition to creating and leading outreach programs with the Norman Philharmonic, he also has worked with students at numerous music festivals in the United States and abroad. Zielinski also serves as Director of Music Ministries at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma.


Eugene Enrico

Dr. Eugene Enrico

Ruth Verne David Reaugh Professor of Music (Musicology)

Office: Catlett Music Center 120
Phone: (405) 325-3978

Dr. Eugene Enrico is the Ruth Verne Davis Reaugh Professor of Music. Enrico, an internationally recognized music scholar, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history. He also guides dissertation research and directs the Collegium Musicum. He serves as Producer/Director of the Early Music Television series of videos about early music and its cultural context, and is Artistic Director of the Accademia Filarmonica, a concert series featuring music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Enrico earned his Ph.D. degree in Musicology from the University of Michigan in 1970. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1976, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution and Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Louisville. In 1989, he served as a visiting research scholar, also at the Smithsonian Institution.

A specialist in Renaissance and Baroque music, Enrico is author of the book The Orchestra at San Petronio in the Baroque Era, published by the Smithsonian institution Press. Enrico also wrote the article “Music of Wind Instruments” published in Encyclopedia Britannica; produced the award-winning Waverly Consort Recording entitled 1492: Music From the Age of Discovery, and produced and directed Isabella d’Este: First Lady of the Renaissance, broadcast nationally by PBS. Enrico also has hundreds of concerts, radio and television broadcasts to his credit.

  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Smithsonian Institution, 1973
  • PhD (Musicology) - University of Michigan, 1970


David Howard

Dr. David Howard

Associate Director of Choral Activites

Office: Catlett Music Center 127H

Dr. David Howard is Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma where he conducts the OU Men’s Glee Club, OU Women’s Chorus, and Opera Chorus. He teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and also coordinates the annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop and Women’s Choral Leadership Workshop. His collegiate choirs, civic choruses, opera choruses, church choirs, and secondary school choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan have been hailed for their beauty of tone, musicality, and clarity of diction. The OU Women’s Chorus performed by invitation at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual conference in 2018.

Dr. Howard regularly serves as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator. During the summer of 2017, he served as chorus master of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Prior to his appointment at OU, he served as Associate DCA at Stephen F. Austin State University and chorus master of Opera East Texas.

Equally at home as a baritone soloist, Dr. Howard maintains a performance schedule in oratorio and cantata presentations, and as a recitalist. His repertoire ranges from the music of J.S. Bach to contemporary works. Recent performances include recitals of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, the bass solos in Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, K. 317 with the Filharmonia Gorzowska at the Szczecin [Poland] International Choral Festival, and the baritone solos in Christopher Theofanidis’s The Here and Now and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Tulsa Chorale and orchestra. Dr. Howard’s recently-released album of sacred music for voice, piano, and harp, entitled Consecration, on the Blue Griffin Records label, is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

His scholarly articles have appeared in the British academic music journal, Musical Times, and in The Choral Journal. Moreover, his performing editions and choral arrangements are published by Alliance Music Publications.

He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University.


Graduate Assistants

Zach Malavolti, 3rd Yr DMA
John Ousley, 3rd Yr DMA
David Gomez, 2nd Yr DMA
Jeffery Gonda, 2nd Yr DMA
Seokmoon Choi, 1st Yr DMA
Bridget Ousley, 1st Yr MM