Zoe Schlussel

  • Master of Music, Violin Performance, Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, University of the Pacific

Zoe began playing violin at age 9 in Grass Valley, CA where she studied both classical violin and Scottish Fiddle. In 2015 she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music where she studied under scholarship with professor Igor Veligan. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Violin Performance at Western Michigan University’s School of Music as the violin Graduate Assistant where she studies with Renata Artman Knific.

She is an Artist Scholar and substitute musician with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and held the position of concertmaster at WMU in 2017. In addition, she is a substitute musician with Southwest Michigan and Holland Symphonies and has attended the Hawaii Performing Arts and Opera Maya summer festivals.

Zoe has been teaching privately since 2008 with a Suzuki-based curriculum supplemented by folk and Scottish fiddle music to provide a diversified musical education. She has taught at Western Michigan University as Graduate Assistant to the violin studio from 2016 to present and was a teaching assistant for Sierra Strings from 2006-2009. Zoe has also worked with violinists such as the soloist Chee-Yun Kim, Clara Takarabe, Francois Henkins, Eugene Chukhlov, and Zino Bogachek. In addition to her classical education and career, Zoe attended Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp from 2008-2010, recorded on Della Saldoli’s Album “Seasons”, and was a member of Current Personae Chamber Orchestra.

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