Cello, Violin, Piano

Zac began playing the cello at age 11 when he joined his 5th grade orchestra.  While his friends were picking shiny brass instruments and snare drums, Zac was instantly drawn to the sounds of the stringed instruments.  He would go onto play cello in his school orchestras until he graduated high school.  During high school, he placed into the advanced orchestra and served as 1st chair.  Zac earned the National School Orchestra Award his senior year, a prestigious award granted to one deserving student.  He has also earned many scholarships and awards through the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra and has been studying under cello maestro, Dr. Valerie Walden for the last several years.  

Zac currently plays for the College of the Sequoias Symphonic Orchestra as well as Kings Symphony Orchestra.  He is a cellist for local musicals and plays private events. He is currently a music major with plans to obtain his master’s degree in either Cello Performance or Music Education.  Zac has studied German methods and favors teaching from the Müller Rusch series, though he tailors his curriculum depending on students’ specific needs and goals.  His students can expect to study out of formal method books, learn etudes, practice solos, and build repertoire.  Zac credits the cello and music education as being a source of stability and confidence in his life.  He hopes to inspire a love for the instrument in his students and instill the proper skills necessary for their musical success.

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