UTSA Symphonic Band MUS 3752

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The UTSA Symphonic Band is made up of 55-60 outstanding wind players who perform a repertoire chosen from a variety of historical periods and for ensembles of various sizes. While the group occasionally presents pieces composed for smaller groups, much of its time is spent in the study and performance of works from the standard symphonic band repertoire. 

Additionally, the UTSA Symphonic Band is active in commissioning world-renowned composers for premiers on the UTSA campus. Membership is open to all students at the university who audition at the beginning of each semester.  As with every ensemble group at UTSA, professionalism in performance quality and attitude is always emphasized, as these crucial elements of musicianship will serve to benefit students as they enter the world as a performer, educator or other professional.

Meet the Conductor:


John Zarco is currently the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he conducts the UTSA Symphonic Band, & Wind Ensemble, University Band, and Chamber Winds on occassion, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, wind literature, and music education. Dr. Zarco is the founder and conductor of the San Antonio Chamber Winds. He has recently been named conductor of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Symphonic Winds, starting in the 2014-15 season. 

Dr. Zarco received a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees from California State University, Sacramento. His primary teachers include Craig Kirchhoff, Robert Halseth, and Harvey Benstein. In 2006, he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music fraternity.

In addition to being an active clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Zarco is a published contributor to the GIA Publications resource series, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. He serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Music Educators Conference and is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Bandmasters Association.


For information regarding the UTSA Symphonic Band: john.zarco@utsa.edu