Fellows Zach Manzi (clarinet) and Chris Hernacki (bass trombone) with guest Tony Parce (viola, Community Embedded Musician, The Houston Symphony, and NWS alum) discuss different types of careers in music.
Zach Manzi is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. Mr. Manzi has enjoyed many recent performances with The Juilliard Orchestra and Wind Orchestra as well as new music groups AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble in performance venues across New York City. He also participated twice in Juilliard's ChamberFest, a chamber music intensive occurring during winter recess, and gave the finale performance of the 2015 festival in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. A passionate educator, he was one of 20 students to be awarded a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, with which he taught music in a New York City public school during the 2014-15 academic year. With two classes of third-graders in Manhattan, he explored the role and relevance of classical music in the 21st-century. As a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Manzi performed with four orchestras and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, playing beside his influential teachers, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Burt Hara and Bil Jackson, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He also spent a summer studying and performing at the Brevard Music Center Institute. At Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he spent the first two years of his undergraduate career, Mr. Manzi was awarded the Elliott and Ailsa Newman Prize in 2013, given to the most outstanding woodwind student in the school. As a first-year student, he won the Vanderbilt University Concerto Competition, making his solo orchestral debut with the Vanderbilt Orchestra performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. He received his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 2015, where he studied with Jon Manasse. When away from the clarinet, he enjoys biking, cooking, writing, traveling and discovering new coffee shops.
Anthony Parce is a Viola Fellow with the New World Symphony. A native of Seattle, WA, he received degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the New England Conservatory. Mr. Parce also attended festivals including Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Artosphere and Britten-Piers and has appeared with the Music Academy of the West and the National Orchestral Institute.
With the New World Symphony, Mr. Parce has taken an active role in the Musicians’ Forum program, worked extensively with the Saludarte exchange in Medellín, Colombia and helped develop the Virtual Library initiative. Additionally, he is eagerly anticipating two Inside the Music projects—one that is a Holocaust memorial project and another that is a discussion of the early music of Arnold Shoenberg.