“I hope you will find the 20 microcosms 21 experience intriguing and ultimately enjoyable. It will prove to be an alternative way of exploring both familiar and new music in unique concert performances.” ~John Zoltek
A native of Rhode Island, Zoltek began studying guitar at the age of seven with traditional jazz master Alvin Pulley whom he studied with for 11 years. After playing in various rock and jazz groups during his high school years, Zoltek auditioned and was accepted into the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. This began his academic life and serious career path in music.
Although Zoltek has immersed himself in the symphonic music world and his work with the Glacier Symphony he still keeps active as a guitarist and composer. He has written a number of orchestral works for and premiered by the Glacier Symphony as well as orchestras in Canada and South America. He also has various chamber pieces and original jazz/fusion compositions to his credit. Select orchestra compositions pieces include: Trumpet Concerto; Concerto Rustica; Going to the Sun- Fanfare for Orchestra (composed for the 100th anniversary of Glacier Park in 2010); Hemispheres and Romantic Overture (2007); Processional (2005); and Celestial Lullaby Suite (1994). Chamber pieces By Dreaming Water for violin and piano was premiered by violinist Tim Fain and Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn gave the premiere of his Rustic Suitefor Solo Violin, both during Festival Amadeus.
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.
Ron OsterbauerDirector of Operations and Development
Ron Osterbauer began as the Director of Operations and Development for the Glacier Symphony on February 27th, 2019, relocating from Minnesota to Montana. He brings over 40 years of non-profit experience which has included positions as CEO, Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.
He started with nonprofits in the environmental education area and launched the nonprofit River Bend Nature Center as its first Executive Director in Faribault, Minnesota on a 500-acre parcel of land. He then worked at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where he led the efforts to launch national education programs with birds of prey through a partnership with Target as well as a national program to use satellite telemetry to track migrational patterns of osprey through the support of Canon USA. The Raptor Center was the first organization to have a live bald eagle ride in the 2000 Rosebowl Parade on the Target float, featuring Amy Grant, with Ron handling the eagle!
Ron has also worked for nonprofits in human services, restorative justice, integrative health and medicine as well as nonprofits providing legal services to low-income families. Ron has also been an adjunct professor for two Minnesota Universities teaching course on Minnesota Wildflowers and Budgets and Finance.
Ron and his wife Peggy are relocating to the Flathead Valley to be near to their daughter Maggie, son-in-law Cooper and granddaughter Emma. In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing, hiking and doing bird banding as he is a federally licensed Master Bird Bander.
Susan joined the symphony in 2015 and now ensures that the daily operations of Glacier Symphony run smoothly. Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of her daily work. She maintains our ticketing and donor database, business partnership program and provides box office training. As the GS Office Manager, she is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment.
Susan says she regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial skills and her background in public works, accounting and meeting planning. She feels an organization
can never grow too big to not know each client personally. With her over 25 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Susan skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations