Erik Zinter earned a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music education at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), Master of Music in choral conducting and literature at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and D.M.A. in choral conducting at North Dakota State, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant. Dr. Zinter taught secondary music for more than ten years, first at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, North Dakota and then at Faribault High School in Minn. He has served as conductor of several church choruses, community choruses, and choral festivals, and he has been the music director for eight musicals, including Back to the 80's, Cats, Once Upon A Mattress, and Seussical the Musical. Zinter has given invited presentations on ornamentation, intonation, musicianship, and choral seating, at two Minnesota Music Educators Association conventions and at a Choral Music of the Americas Symposium (Fargo). Dr. Zinter joined the Wittenberg faculty in fall 2015.