The Park Ridge Chorale is honored to perform under the direction of Edward Zelnis,
and accompanied by Jane Kenas-Heller.
Edward Zelnis has been conducting Park Ridge Chorale since 1998. He has just ended an 8-year tenure as director of one of the nation’s most prestigious choruses, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Ed hired and prepared the chorus for all concerts, conducted student performances in Chicago area high schools, and was the conductor for the group’s acclaimed Holiday Brass and Choral concerts, a Chicago tradition for hundreds of classical music fans. His DVD, “A Renaissance Christmas,” still appears nationally on PBS.
Ed has been the principal conductor for Evanston’s Light Opera Works. In recent years, he has conducted the musicals Camelot, Kismet, and The Great Waltz.
In the 1980s, Ed toured as music director for the late cabaret singer Eartha Kitt. He also created numerous musical scores for Ragtime director Frank Galati’s productions at the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters. His score for The Dick Gibson Show won him a Joseph Jefferson Award.
Ed is a past director of The Oak Park/River Forest Symphony Chorus, The New Oratorio Singers, and the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. He has been a tenor soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Opera Theater.
He is currently Director of Music at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Beverly, and organist/choir director at Congregation Hakafa in Winnetka.