Roy Zajac

Private Instruction - Clarinet

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What I Do at SSU

My Bio

During the course of his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, Roy studied in Vienna, Austria with Peter Schmidle, the Principal Clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic.  After completing his undergraduate degree, Roy was selected to play with the Filharmoni del Bajio orchestra in Guanajuato, Mexico.  After completing a season in Mexico, he returned to the United States to commence graduate work.  Roy earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Burt Hara, the Principal Clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra.  While in Minnesota, he performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Bergen Wind Quintet. 

After earning his graduate degree, Roy joined the Air Force as he was chosen to perform with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California.  In 1998, Roy was selected as the Principal Clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, under the direction of Jeffery Kahane. He frequently performs chamber music with members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and has worked with many other Northern California symphonies including Berkeley, Marin, Monterey, Napa, and Sacramento.  In February of 2013, Roy performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Maestro Bruno Farrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Roy enjoys teaching private lessons to many students throughout the Bay Area.  He also instructs and coaches clarinet, woodwinds, and wind ensembles for the Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestras, as well as at the Marin Arts Academy, the Cazadaro Performing Arts Camp, and at Sonoma State University.