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Highben, Zebulon M.

Zebulon M. Highben

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Zebulon M. Highben (b. 1979) is an award-winning conductor, composer, and church musician, who serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University.

Highben's choral and liturgical music is frequently commissioned and widely performed by churches, schools, and arts organizations. More than fifty of his works are published by Augsburg Fortress, Boosey & Hawkes, Colla Voce, E. C. Schirmer, GIA, and MorningStar Music, and in Sweden by Gehrmans Musikförlag. Honors include the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition (2011), a Faith Partners residency grant from the American Composers Forum (2011-2012), numerous ASCAP Performance Plus Awards, and Finalist standing for the American Prize in Choral Composition (2014).

Choirs under Zebulon's direction have toured domestically and internationally and have been featured at numerous conferences and festivals, including ACDA of Minnesota, the Ohio Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Music Education Association, and the St. Olaf College Choral Festival. He has served as a guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States, and in 2016 represented the U.S. as a Conducting Fellow in ACDA’s International Conductors Exchange Program with South Korea. In 2015, he won the American Prize in Conducting for his work with the Muskingum Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

A native of Ohio, Highben studied at Ohio State University, Luther Seminary, and St. Olaf College, and holds the DMA in choral conducting from the College of Music at Michigan State University.


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