Choral Conducting & Cantata Singers
Office: Gray, Studio 258
A native of Pennsylvania, Nathan Zullinger maintains a multi-faceted career as a conductor, church musician, and teacher. He graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Messiah College. While at Messiah, he studied conducting and voice with Linda Tedford and founded the Messiah College Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, Dennis Shrock, and David Hoose.
Dr. Zullinger is currently the Director of Music at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he directs ensembles for all ages and serves as the organist for weekly services. Highland's many new initiatives under his leadership have included a collaborative celebration of the Benjamin Britten centennial and a week-long musical theater program for upper elementary and middle school students. Previously, he served the United Church in Walpole, Massachusetts, for eight years.
For the current academic year, Dr. Zullinger has been appointed to the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNCSA, he conducts the Cantata Singers and teaches courses in conducting and aural skills. He has taught or conducted at Boston University, Brown University, and the University of Rhode Island. During his three years at URI he increased the size and quality of the ensemble, which included students, community members, and faculty. He also taught sight-singing and music appreciation, accompanied voice students, and served as conductor of the Opera Orchestra for performances of Die Fledermaus and Die Zauberflöte. He was also honored to conduct an ensemble of faculty singers and Rhode Island Philharmonic musicians in the world premiere of Eliane Aberdam's full-length opera, Tamar. In 2006, Dr. Zullinger was invited to conduct Menotti's opera The Medium at Brown University. In 2009, he conducted the Boston University Concert Choir in a performance of Luciano Berio's rarely-heard Magnificat.
In 2007, Dr. Zullinger was a Conducting Fellow at Chorus America's A Cappella Conducting Workshop in Minneapolis. He also studied with Eduardo Navega at the Bard College Conductor's Institute at Bard College and with Joseph Gifford at the New Pathways in Conducting workshop in Nashua, New Hampshire.
In Delightful Company, a choral recording conducted by Dr. Zullinger that features the music of Charles Fussell, was released in 2012. He has recently guest conducted the 80th annual performance of Handel's Messiah by the Winston-Salem Mozart Club and a subscription concert by the Connecticut Choral Artists.
Dr. Zullinger is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the American Guild of Organists. He was elected to Phi Kappa Lambda in 2004.