Zach Stern enjoys a career as a saxophone soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His
performing and teaching schedule has taken him all over the world, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. 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 Concert Band (MI), the Saline High School Wind Ensemble (MI), and the Kingwood Park High School Symphonic Band (TX).
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 Paris Republican Guard Wind Orchestra at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the UM
Symphony Band during its 2011 China Tour. Other international engagements include recitals in Geneva and Montreux, Switzerland; Osaka, Japan; Paris and Versailles, France; St. Andrews, Scotland; and Thessalonika, Greece. DSQ has performed at some of the country’s most prestigious summer music festivals, such as Bravo! Vail (CO), Music from Angel Fire in Angel Fire (NM), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (MI), and the Lake George Music Festival (NY). Through the group’s National Composition Competition and other commissions, DSQ has been a strong proponent of encouraging and presenting new music from today’s rising star composers.
In addition to his activities with DSQ, Zach was invited to represent the University of Michigan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as part of the Millennium Stage series with the Moanin’ Frogs Saxophone Sextet in 2013. As an undergraduate student at UM, 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 maintains a large private saxophone studio of his own in the Ann Arbor and Metro-Detroit areas, having 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 at Columbus State University, Wright State University, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the University of Delaware, Grand Valley State University, Brevard Music Center, and other universities, high schools, and middle schools. Zach also gives saxophone and clarinet clinics to public schools and universities throughout the state of Michigan as a D’Addario Reserve Method Program Artist.
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 his studies at UM, Zach studied with Dr. Scott Plugge.