The Patricia Valian Reser Professorship of Music


Patricia Valian Reser

In 2013, Patricia Valian Reser established an endowed professorship of music to help advance the arts at Oregon State. She, her late husband, Al, and their family have contributed to many transformational projects at Oregon State, including Reser Stadium, the Linus Pauling Science Center, and Austin Hall in the College of Business. She previously created an endowed faculty position in the chemistry department.

One of the university's most dedicated volunteers and impactful philanthropists, Reser is co-chair of the OSU Foundation Campaign Steering Committee, helping to guide the $1 billion Campaign for OSU. Among other volunteer leadership roles, she is chair of the university’s Board of Trustees as well as a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee.

Reser graduated from OSU in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education; she later earned a master's in special education at Portland State. She taught in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, Ore., before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Together she and her husband grew Reser’s Fine Foods — a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company based in Beaverton — into an international business with 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. She now serves as the company's board chair.


Steven M. Zielke

Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies and music coordinator in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State, became the inaugural Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music in 2013. Director of the OSU Chamber Choir, he is internationally recognized as a choral conductor and has worked with choirs throughout the nation and abroad including the Sichuan Conservatory Chorus, Academic Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen Chamber Singers in Tübingen, Germany.
Zielke has been an officer of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Oregon Music Educators Association and is also the founder and music director of the Corvallis Repertory Singers, a semi-professional ensemble.
Zielke received a bachelor of music degree from Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) before earning his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting from Florida State University, where he held the prestigious Clayton Krehbiel Fellowship.


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