Maestro John Zoltek has been Music Director of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale for over twenty years. He is the creator and Founding Music Director of Festival Amadeus, the GSC’s summer classical music festival.
Before his arrival in the Flathead Valley, Zoltek earned degrees from University of British Columbia and Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied both classical and jazz composition and graduated with honors. After graduating, he conducted orchestras around the world, including the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu, Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Orchestra Now, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver Pro Musica Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony. He also conducted the Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil in Ecuador, and was the Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his conducting work, Zoltek composes music that has been performed in the US, Canada, Europe and South America. Closer to home, his piece “By Dreaming Water” was recently premiered by Tim Fain during Festival Amadeus in Whitefish. Zoltek also composed “Going to the Sun (Fanfare for Orchestra),” which premiered in 2010, for 100th anniversary of Glacier Park.
Micah Hunter serves as the conductor of the Glacier Chorale and the Glacier Chamber Singers. In addition to his work with the GSC, Micah is also a full time music teacher at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, where he has served since 2006 as the Director of Choirs and elementary general music teacher in addition to teaching a college-preparatory course called Music Theory, History, and Literature, private voice lessons, and developing and supervising various independent study and online courses in music. Micah is also the chairperson of the annual Stillwater Music Festival; an invitational music festival for school and home school bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists from Montana, Idaho, and Washington. His choirs are regularly seen performing throughout the community in addition to their regular concert schedules. Micah also works at Flathead Lake Music Camp every summer as a choir director and voice teacher. Micah and his wife Rachel are active in music leadership in their church, and share a passion for the health and vitality of sacred music in the Christian tradition. Together, they operate a ministry to local churches which offers training in music theory, history, philosophy, and practice to church musicians, clergy, and lay people.
Micah grew up in Hot Springs, Montana and attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, studying voice and conducting primarily under Lowell Hickman. He also studied conducting under Lisa Hunter and served as assistant conductor of the University Chorus under Jon Harney. Micah graduated in 2006 with the Bachelor of Music Education degree. Micah’s graduate school experience has been widely varied, combining online, distance, and residential summer work from Boston University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Canyon College, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in music education in 2007. His research focused on cadential function and its relationship to harmony and voice leading in the unaccompanied choral works of Eric Whitacre. Micah entered the Doctor of Sacred Music degree program at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in 2008, graduating with distinction in 2011 under the mentorship of Brian Taylor. Micah also holds the Master of Church Music in choral conducting from Pensacola Theological Seminary.
Orchestra auditions can be scheduled with Music Director and Conductor John Zoltek. Orchestra rehearsals take place September through May at Flathead High School in Kalispell on Thursday evenings.
Chorale auditions for the upcoming 2019/2020 concert season will be held on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the Glacier Symphony office located at 69 N Main Street, Kalispell. Contact Chorale Director Micah Hunter to set up an audition time.