Tennessee Tech University and Mastersingers will be sharing something other than singers and performance locale this season. They both are preparing to welcome Dr. Craig Zamer as their new director.

Craig Zamer, Ph. D., visiting assistant professor of music at Tennessee Tech University and director of choral activities, has been named as the new conductor of the TTU Chorale, Concert Choir, and the Mastersingers, a large ensemble drawn from the TTU student body and the surrounding communities. In addition he will be teaching undergraduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature, secondary choral methods and student teacher supervision.

Zamer received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He received his master's in Music Education and his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Choral Conducting from The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida where he studied with André Thomas, Judy Bowers, and Kevin Fenton. While at Florida State he served as assistant conductor of the Tallahassee Community Chorus, FSU Men's Glee Club, and the Florida State University Singers.

Prior to his position at Tennessee Tech, Zamer taught high school choral music at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. During this time, his choir's received superior ratings at district festivals and highest honors at national choral festivals including an award of distinction for musical excellence. While teaching at Stone Bridge, Zamer served as District XVI Chair for the Virginia Music Educators Association and was assistant director of the Master Singers of Virginia, a semi-professional choir performing primarily music of the 20th and 21st century in the Northern Virginia area for two years.

Zamer has adjudicated for several events in southern Florida as well as Virginia. In addition he conducted for the exhibitors concert at the 2007 American Choral Directors Association's National Convention in Miami, Florida. Most recently he conducted the Florida State University Singers at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China, the Yanshan University in Qinghuandao, and Tianjin University in Tianjin. Zamer looks forward to an exciting season of concerts with the TTU Chorale, the Concert Choir and the Cookeville Mastersingers. He also looks forward to involving himself with music educators and students from the state of Tennessee through the Tennessee Tech sponsored Mid-State All-State clinic in the fall, and the All-State Clinic in the spring.

Zamer lives with his wife Katy and daughter Lorin.

For more information on TTU music courses call (931) 372-3161 or on Mastersingers and their upcoming season call president Mendy Richards at (931) 528-1194.

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