Roy Zajac


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GMC 2070

During the course of his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, Roy Zajac studied in Vienna, Austria with Peter Schmidle, the principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic.  After completing his undergraduate degree, Roy performed for one season with the Filharmoni del Bajio Orchestra in Guanajuato, Mexico, before returning to the United States and earning his Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota as a student of Burt Hara, the principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra. After earning his graduate degree, Roy joined the Air Force as a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California. In 1998, Roy was selected as the principal clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony under the direction of Jeffery Kahane. Roy frequently performs chamber music with members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other Northern California symphonies including Berkeley, Marin, Monterey, Napa and Sacramento.  In 2013 Roy performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony under the direction of Maestro Bruno Ferrandis. Roy enjoys teaching private lessons and coaching clarinet, woodwinds, and wind ensembles for the Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestras, as well as at Marin Arts Academy, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, and Sonoma State University.