Stephen Zegree (1953–2015) was one of the most respected vocal jazz educators in the world. As a professor in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, Dr. Zegree taught classical and jazz piano and directed Gold Company, Western Michigan University's internationally regarded vocal jazz ensemble. In addition, he performed as pianist in the Western Jazz Quartet, WMU's resident faculty jazz ensemble. Dr. Zegree's many choral arrangements have been published by Heritage Music Press, Hal Leonard Music Publications, Shawnee Press, and Warner Brothers Publications. He authored The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz for Heritage Music Press. A renowned educator, his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.