Valade Fellow, Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Saxophone Institute
Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance; Alto Saxophonist, PRISM Quartet
Performer Diploma, Saxophone, Indiana University; M.M., Saxophone Performance, University of Michigan; B.M., Saxophone Performance, University of MIchigan
Zach Shemon enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Since joining the PRISM Quartet in 2007 as the ensemble’s alto saxophonist, PRISM has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings and held residencies at top music institutions worldwide. As a soloist, Shemon was awarded first prize at the inaugural International Saxophone Symposium and Competition in Columbus, Georgia and has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous bands and orchestras throughout the world. Based in Kansas City, Shemon regularly performs with the Kansas City Symphony and with the contemporary chamber music ensemble, newEar. His former students hold teaching positions throughout the U.S. and have enjoyed success in competitions and auditions for U.S. Military Bands. His primary teachers are Donald Sinta and Otis Murphy. Shemon is a Conn-Selmer artist and D’Addario Woodwinds artist. He aids in product research and design for D’Addario Woodwinds and is an active clinician throughout the U.S.