Zach Shemon Named New Assistant Professor of Saxophone at UMKC Conservatory


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Zach Shemon is named new Assistant Professor of Saxophone.

Zach performs regularly throughout the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and in various other concert settings. Since making his orchestral solo debut at age 18, Zach has performed concertos at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and with the Michigan Philharmonic. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, he has performed with New Music Detroit, Opera Colorado, and the Windsor Symphony and was featured in a performance with the University of Michigan Symphony Band at Carnegie Hall in 2005. He has commissioned and/or premiered new works by many of today’s leading composers including Martin Bresnick, Zhou Long, David Rakowski, Bernard Rands, Bright Sheng, and Chen Yi.

He has presented premieres and performed at several regional and national conferences held by the North American Saxophone Alliance as well as the SUNY Potsdam Single Reed Summit. Recently, he was awarded first prize at the inaugural International Saxophone Symposium and Competition held in Columbus, GA. As a chamber musician, Zach was a prizewinner in the 2005 and 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competitions, is a founding member of the Arundo Donax Reed Quintet, and enjoys an active touring and recording schedule with the PRISM quartet, which celebrated its 25th season in 2009-10.

Arundo Donax, which was founded at Indiana University in 2010, has performed, competed, and conducted educational residency services throughout the US. Zach has appeared with the PRISM quartet as a soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pacific Symphony, and University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory Wind Symphony, and presented concerts throughout the US in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and (le) poisson rouge in New York City, as well as Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Smithsonian Freer Gallery in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA. Additionally, the quartet has appeared on WNYC’s radio show Soundcheck hosted by John Schaffer and NBC Philadelphia’s 10! Show. The quartet was featured on the 2011 Bang On A Can Marathon concert at the World Financial Center in New York and on the 2011 American Composers Orchestra Sonic Festival in Miller Theatre.

Since joining PRISM in 2007, Shemon has released four CDs on the innova label, as well as numerous other recordings on the New Dynamic, Albany, and New Focus labels. He can also be heard with the University of Michigan Symphony Band on several Equilibrium releases, and on the Naxos recording of John Adams’ Nixon in China. Zach is currently an Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University, where he is completing coursework for a Doctor of Music degree. He holds degrees from The University of Michigan (BM, BSE, and MM) and Indiana University (Performer Diploma) where he studied with Donald Sinta and Otis Murphy, respectively. He has also received instruction at the Aspen Music Festival and School, as well as at the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, working with world-renowned saxophonists, Arno Bornkamp, Philippe Braquart, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Masataka Hirano, Lars Mlekusch, Damien Royannais, and Christian Wirth.

Zach is a Conn-Selmer artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones. He is also a Rico Performing Artist and endorses Rico Reserve Classic saxophone reeds.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949