Cleveland Pops Chorus

Cleveland Pops Chorus

The Cleveland Pops Chorus debuted at Severance Hall on Friday, November 2, 2012, in a concert of music by legendary song-writing teams in a performance titled “The Song Writing Giants of Broadway.” Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer critic, in attendance at the debut concert, wrote, “The chorus will appear regularly with the orchestra, and for this Pops audiences can be truly grateful.”

The Cleveland Pops Chorus, now in its eighth year, meets every Monday evening at Cleveland State University. Originally created to partner with Carl Topilow and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the chorus has performed not only the greatest of Broadway, but significant choral and orchestral literature as well. In addition to performing with the Pops Orchestra regularly, the chorus has also performed with the Cleveland Winds, the West Shore Chorale, and at other choral concerts. This is a diverse group of individuals from all over the Cleveland area with one commonality; they all love to sing and share the joy of singing with others. Our membership includes a youth minister, lawyer, business men and women, teachers and professors, and many fine music professionals and Cleveland area stage performers.

William G. Zurkey is beginning his seventh season as the director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Chorus.   In addition to his work with the Pops Chorus, he is an Adjunct Professor at Cleveland State University in the Music Education Department where he teaches Musicianship courses, Choral Methods, Choral Conducting, and supervises student teachers.

Mr. Zurkey retired from public school teaching after a very successful career.  The Avon Lake High School Chorale, under his direction, performed at nine OMEA state conventions and district and regional conventions of MKMEA, and ACDA.  Mr. Zurkey has also been the Director of the Senior Honors Chorale on the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music Outreach Program and as an adjunct Faculty of Music Education at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he directed the Women’s Chorale.

Mr. Zurkey is past-president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association. In July 2018, he was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Mr. Zurkey was named BGSU 2013 College of Musical Arts Distinguished Graduate and the 2013 Regional Mr. Holland’s Opus Award. He was honored in the 113th United States Congressional Record, House of Representatives, Vol. 159, No. 85 in a speech by Representative, Marcy Kaptur and with a Certificate of Commendation from the United States Senate, Sherrod Brown. Mr. Zurkey has also served with the Ohio Department of Education as a mentor and the curriculum writing team for fine arts academic standards. Mr. Zurkey has also coached football for thirty years,

Mr. Zurkey holds a B.S. of music education degree from Bowling Green State University, a M.M. degree from Cleveland State University, and has done work in doctoral studies at Kent State University.