Exploring the Stratosphere ~
A Masterclass and Interview
Saturday, September 9, 2023 (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
The CFC is delighted to be hosting the first Fluting with the Stars event this season featuring Jeff Zook in A Day in the Life of a Piccoloist. What a wonderful opportunity to hear this globally-renowned flutist, educator and orchestral musician share about his 30 year career as piccoloist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. You will also benefit from watching this acclaimed teacher as he works with masterclass piccolo performers.
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Described as having a “resonant flute tone and suave phrasing” by the Detroit Free Press, Jeffery Zook is a globally renowned flutist, educator and orchestral musician. A member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section since 1992, Mr. Zook holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London where he received the coveted Recitalists’ Diploma. His teachers have included William Bennett, Trevor Wye, Judith Bentley, Jacqueline Hofto and former DSO piccoloist Clement Barone.
As a soloist, Jeffery Zook made his debut in 1982 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a senior in high school, performing Mozart’s Concerto in C for Flute and Harp with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis at Ford Auditorium. He later appeared with the Detroit Symphony as an orchestra member performing the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto under Maestro Neeme Järvi. Additional highlights include performing as a featured soloist at the 2017 National Flute Association convention in Minneapolis. Mr. Zook has won top prizes in the National Flute Association Young Artists Competition, the William Byrd National Concerto Competition in Flint, Michigan and has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Advancement of the Arts.
As an internationally seasoned chamber musician, Jeffery Zook co-hosted a chamber music festival titled “Concerts in the Barn at Applewood” along with DSO violist Caroline Coade and harpist Kerstin Allvin at his Ontario farm home in Dyer’s Bay. Mr. Zook frequently traveled and performed with this trio with a highlight including a 2002 tour throughout Morocco and a feature on the nation’s television network.
As a recording artist, Jeffery Zook has several solo recordings with Music Minus One label. He is a featured soloist on several revival Motown recordings produced in the past decade. Mr. Zook’s discography features a 2002 duo album titled Comfort and Joy! A Musical Celebration of Holiday Music for Flute and Harp with harpist Kerstin Allvin, available for purchase online. Jeffrey Zook has published many sheet music editions and arrangements from piccolo to flute choir including Telemann for Two Flutes with DSO flutist Sharon Sparrow.
Highly in demand as a teacher, Mr. Zook is the DSO Applied Faculty of Flute at Oakland University. Past teaching appointments have included Visiting Professor of Flute at Western Michigan University and Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan. He has served as the chairman of the National Flute Association Piccolo Committee and the past president of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association. He and Susan Hoeppner direct the CanAmerican Flute Symposium each summer and the recent publication “Telemann for Two: 12 Fantasias for Two Flutes” co written by Mr. Zook and Sharon Sparrow, won the Newly Published Music award from the National Flute Association in 2023.
Mr. Zook resides in Michigan with his husband David Assemany and miniature pinscher Dexter. They have named their renovated Dutch Colonial home “The Cambridge Conservatory,” a venue which hosts recitals, workshops, musical feasts and fundraisers.
Jeffery Zook currently plays on a 14K Gold Wm. S. Haynes Co. flute and a Burkart Piccolo.