Music Director


Norman Zogaib currently serves as the choral director at Hamburg HS, where he has taught since 1998. Under his direction, the Hamburg HS Concert Chorale has performed throughout the Northeast including performances by invitation with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with Music Director JoAnn Falletta, the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia, the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, and six featured performances at Carnegie Hall, including an invitation to perform at the only Carnegie Hall Statewide Choral Festival in 2003. Since 2000, the Hamburg HS Concert Chorale has consistently received NYSSMA Level 6, Gold with Distinction ratings at NYSSMA Major Organization Festivals and earned outstanding overall choir awards at international choral festivals in New York City and Toronto. Mr. Zogaib and the Chorale collaborated in concert with composers Ola Gjeilo, Andre Thomas, Glenn McClure and most notably, Gwyneth Walker, launching the premiers of several of Walker’s works for chorus and orchestra.

As an enthusiastic adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Norman Zogaib has worked with choirs of all ages, from elementary and middle school aged singers through collegiate and community choruses. These include guest conducting appearances of over 30 regional honor choirs and presenting numerous workshops on choral music throughout New York, and in Maryland and North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in choral music education at SUNY Buffalo State College, on the faculty of the SUNY Fredonia Summer Choral Music Program and as an interim director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in 2004. Mr. Zogaib is the 2005 recipient of the Buffalo Philharmonic/ ECCMC Award for Excellence in Choral Music Education.

An active member of professional organizations, Mr. Zogaib is currently finishing his term as Past-President of NY-ACDA. He also served as the NYSSMA All State Chorus Chairperson, NYSSMA Voice Chairperson and as a member the board of directors of ECMEA. For almost 20 years, Mr, Zogaib was the resident collaborative pianist for the annual NYSSMA Summer Music Conference and Director’s Chorus, held in Albany, NY.

Mr. Zogaib holds a BM in Piano Performance from SUNY Buffalo and a MM in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. He has completed additional graduate study in conducting at the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute and in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Zogaib completed his coursework toward the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education at Boston University.