Robert J. Ward, conductor

Robert J. Ward

Robert J. Ward currently serves as director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University where he conducts the Men’s Glee Club and University Chorus. He also teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Dr. Ward was for sixteen years a member of the music faculty at Oklahoma State University. He has been honored with invitations to present concerts and lectures for National ACDA, National Collegiate Choral Organization, North Central Division ACDA, Central Division ACDA, International Kodály Educators, Organization of American Kodály Educators, Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Choral Directors Association, as well as Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia Choral Directors Associations. He is currently the editor of a choral series published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers.

Casey L. Cook, collaborative pianist

Casey L. Cook

Casey L. Cook began piano study at age four and was accompanying by age ten. Two of her most influential teachers were Mary Craig Powell, who nurtured her musical growth for 15 years, and Dr. Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music.

An accompanist for over 25 years, Ms. Cook has been honored to accompany national and regional honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. In the School of Music, Ms. Cook serves as the principal accompanist for the choral program. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Cook accompanied choirs at Capital University and Bexley High School.

In addition to her academic appointment, Cook has served as pianist since 2000 for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chorus. This position has enabled her to play for some of the finest conductors and soloists in the world. In 2011 she joined the CSO as an Associate member of the orchestra.

Director of The Statesmen

Zac DelMonte

Zac DelMonte is a music director, conductor and voice teacher currently based in Columbus. In addition to his work with The Statesmen, Zac is the resident music director of the Short North Stage, a professional music-driven theater company in Columbus, as well as an artist educator for various theater programs around central Ohio, and a clinician for area choral programs. He has served as an adjudicator for a cappella and choral competitions, and as a featured presenter at the Ohio Educational Theater Association’s yearly conference. Zac holds a BME from Ohio State, where he studied choral music education, vocal pedagogy, and choral and instrumental conducting.

MGC Officers 2022–2023

  • Colby Van Gorp, President
  • Jay Jin, Vice President of Operations
  • David Ricci, Vice President of Communications
  • Andrew Highley, Vice President of Musicianship
  • Grant Eckstrom, Vice President of Finance