An artist of varied musical interests from classical to jazz and beyond, Maestro Zoltek holds degrees from University of British Columbia (M.M. composition) and Berklee College of Music in Boston (B.M. composition) where he studied both classical and jazz composition graduating with honors. While Berklee he was awarded the prestigious Youth Concerts at Symphony prize for classical composition. He studied conducting with Attilio Poto, a legendary conducting mentor at the Boston Conservatory, and was selected to attend the Pierre Boulez Carnegie Hall Foundation program in New York. He later studied conducting abroad in the Czech Republic. Notable teachers include Zdenek Bilek, Tsung Yeh, Jorma Panula, Kirk Trevor, John Bavicchi and George Monseur.
Orchestras conducted include the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra (Riga), Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu (Czech Republic), Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Orchestra Now, Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, Vancouver Pro Musica Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony (PA). Zoltek made his European conducting debut with the Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu in Luhachovice, Czech Republic. He has worked with notable composers Alan Hovhaness, Sofia Gubaidulina, R. Murray Schafer, Stephen Chatman and Mark Armanini. In 2009 he traveled to South America to lead the Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil in Ecuador. Recording credits include three CDs of the symphonic music of Mark Armanini with the National Latvian Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Bohuslav Martinu. While living in Seattle he was the Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Zoltek’s music has been performed in the US, Canada, Europe and South America. His recent compositions include: Trumpet Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Going to the Sun (Fanfare for Orchestra) (that premiered in 2010 for 100th anniversary of Glacier Park) Hemispheres (2007) and Romantic Overture (2007) Processional (2005) and Celestial Lullaby Suite. His violin/piano piece By Dreaming Water was recently premiered by Tim Fain during Festival Amadeus in Whitefish where Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn will give the US premiere of his Rustic Suite for Solo Violin this August, 2014.
A native of Rhode Island, Zoltek began studying guitar at the age of seven in his home town of Woonsocket with traditional jazz master Alvin Pulley whom he studied with for 11 years until age 18. After playing in various rock and jazz groups during his high school years Zoltek auditioned and was excepted into Berklee College, one of his dreams. Thus began his academic career and serious music/artistic pursuits. While studying at Berklee he took a sharp musical turn towards classical composition and more importantly, conducting. While in Boston he studied privately with renowned conducting teacher Attilio Poto at the Boston Conservatory. Maestro Zoltek has been Music Director of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale since the 1996/97. He is creator and Founding Music Director of Festival Amadeus, the GSC’s summer classical music festival established in 2008.
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.
Paul comes to the Flathead Valley from northern Wisconsin, via Milwaukee, Chicago, and San Diego. He spent the first dozen years of his career in finance, moving into the nonprofit sector 14 years ago. Paul is owner of TAYLAR Development, a national arts fundraising and marketing firm based in Chicago. Through TAYLAR, he has worked with symphony orchestras and other non-profit arts and culture institutions across the country.
Paul stepped away from the day-to-day of his business in coming to the Flathead Valley to help the Glacier Symphony and Chorale advance its mission to bring great music to our communities and give folks of all ages the opportunity to experience and learn from our work.
Paul was attracted to our slice of heaven many years ago, and made it a goal to make it his home. He enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, and kayaking, in addition to watching sunsets on the porch with his dog, Ivan.
Alice Cabell hails from the South by way of the East Coast but is practically a Montana native by now. She raised her son and daughter in Washington DC and Philadelphia before making her way to NW Montana in the mid-1990’s. She is an expert in all things beautiful and creative, from the arts to gardening to entrepreneurship. Alice spent her early years in Real Estate sales, marketing and communications, as a corporate trainer, and as a successful event planner for nonprofit fundraising. She has served on the board of the North Valley Music School and worked with the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation, and is a member of the Crown of the Continent Choir. She is also a three-time business owner, artist, and active community member committed to bringing you the very best arts experiences in the valley. She is thrilled to be joining the Glacier Symphony and Chorale team as Patrons Services Manager. Alice resides in Whitefish.