Brian Zeger, born in Port Jervis, N.Y., has been artistic director of Vocal Arts since 2004 and a Juilliard faculty member since 1993. He appears in concert with singers Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, and Deborah Voigt. He has also collaborated with Arleen Auger, Kathleen Battle, and Marilyn Horne. Festivals where he has taught and played include Aldeburgh, Caramoor, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Tanglewood. His recordings are available on the EMI, Koch, Naxos, and New World labels. He has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, and Joy in Singing competitions. He has held summer residencies as director of the song program at Steans Institute (Ravinia), Aspen, Chautauqua, and Bowdoin. Zeger has guest-taught at Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, the Guildhall School of Music (London), New England Conservatory, Peabody, and the Yale School of Music. He has served as artistic director of the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival on Cape Cod from 1994-2002. He is a frequent host on Metropolitan Opera International Broadcasts. His writing has been published in the Yale Review, Opera News, Chamber Music, and Piano and Keyboard.
Zeger received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his master’s degree at Juilliard. He received his doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with Morris Borenstein, Sascha Gorodnitzki, and Nina Svetlanova.