Robert J. Ward, Conductor
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 Kodaly Educators, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, 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 children’s choral music series and a men’s choral series published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers. In 2001 Dr. Ward was awarded the Director of Distinction Award by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and in 1997 he was presented with the Amoco Outstanding Faculty Award at Oklahoma State University for outstanding undergraduate teaching. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.
Casey L. Cook, Accompanist
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 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.
Tyler W. Robertson is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. In addition to this he is the organist and assistant director of music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington. He holds a BMus and MMus in organ performance from Baylor University. Tyler is a long-time member of the American Guild of Organists and serves on the Executive Board of the Columbus Chapter. In 2015, he became an AGO Associate. At Ohio State, Tyler works with the university choirs and teaches choral sight reading and basic choral conducting.
Alex Port is pursuing a Master of Music in choral conducting. He also serves as one of the assistant conductors for the Men’s Glee Club and the University Chorus. Alex graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. From 2014–2015, he was the choir director at Anderson High School in Cincinnati (OH), and from 2015–2017, he was the choir teacher and musical theatre assistant director at Calumet New Tech High School in Gary, Indiana.
MGC Officers 2018 – 2019
- Adam Othman, President
- Henry Newberg, Vice-President of Operations
- Mark Gnatowski, Vice-President of Communications
- Parker Kronen, Vice-President of Musicianship
- Brighton Hummer, Vice-President of Finance
- Musicianship: Ryan Adams, Noah Shireman, Kevin Ruppert, Will Erickson, Jacob Panteloukas, Alex Port, Tyler Robertson
- Finance: Wesley Henkel, Jacob Soles, Jamie Fesko, Chris Wright
- Operations: Ben Chiappone, Ryan Jaeckin, Ricky Krause, Nashad Rahman
- Communications: Nathan Hensley, Michael Rizzoni, Stephen Hayden, Curtiss Shore, Jesse Sykes