Dr. Stephen Zegree is currently the Bobby McFerrin Distinguished Professor of Jazz and the Director of Gold Company at Western Michigan University. Internationally recognized as one of the most respected vocal jazz conductors and educators in the world, Dr. Zegree is active as a pianist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. His career as a pianist and conductor include performances on five continents. His students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.
His internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, has won numerous "Outstanding Performance" awards from Donwbeat magazine and has performed at MENC National Conventions, IAJE International Conferences, the World Symposium on Choral Music, several major jazz festivals, and with recognized artists including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Jon Hendricks, Darmon Meader, Mark Murphy, Don Shelton, and Bonnie Herman.
Dr. Zegree auditioned, arranged for, and rehearsed Nick Lachey's "Team Lachey," the winning choir on NBC's Clash of the Choirs
. He is the founder of The Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp, held every summer at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Zegree's choral arrangements have been widely published, and he has produced several recordings including Mark Murphy Sings the Nat King Cole Songbook, Vol. I and II
, on Muse Records, which recieved a Grammy nomination. His piano CD, Steve Zegree and Friends is released on the Sea Breeze Jazz label
Dr. Zegree is a Steinway Artist.