Zach Stern currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI, and enjoys a career as a saxophone soloist, chamber musician, and educator. As a soloist, he won the 2013 University of Michigan Concerto Competition, as well as 2nd Prize in the Winds Division of the 2010 Young Texas Artists Music Competition. He has performed as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland (MI) Concert Band, the Saline High School (MI) Wind Ensemble, and the Kingwood Park High School (TX) Symphonic Band.
An active chamber musician, Zach has accrued numerous accolades with various chamber groups. As the alto saxophonist of the Donald Sinta Quartet, he won the First Prize in the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the First Prize in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. The group performed William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band as soloists with the Dallas Wind Symphony in March 2014 and the UM Symphony Band during its 2011 China Tour. Other international engagements include recitals in Paris, France at the Selmer-Paris Showroom, and the Versailles and Paris Conservatories, the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, and the 2012 International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Thessalonika, Greece. Prior to his tenure with the DSQ, he was the alto saxophonist with the Yersinia Saxophone Quartet, which won the Silver Medal at the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Third Prize at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. YSQ was also featured as a soloist with the University of Michigan Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Rodney Dorsey, performing Scott McAllister's X2. Zach is also an arranger and enjoys arranging music for DSQ.
Committed as a teacher, Zach maintains a private saxophone studio of his own, and has previously held positions as the UM Graduate Student Instructor for the Saxophone Studio and as the Saxophone Instructor at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, MI. He has given master classes and clinics at various middle schools, high schools, and universities around the country.
Zach received both his Master of Music in Saxophone Performance and his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance with Teacher Certification from the University of Michigan, where he served as the Teaching Assistant to Professor Donald Sinta, and was the recipient of the Laurence Teal Scholarship Award. Prior to studying with Professor Sinta, Zach studied with Dr. Scott Plugge.