Virtual Hangout: From Student to Professional

Reflections | Zach Manzi, Clarinet / Chloe Tula

Fellows share how to succeed when transitioning to professional life.

Zach Manzi

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.

Chloe Tula

Chloe Tula is a first-year Harp Fellow at the New World Symphony. A versatile and in-demand musician, she has performed in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountains. Her most notable orchestral engagements include performances with the Houston Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera.

Equally at ease as an orchestral musician and a soloist, Ms. Tula has established herself as a prizewinning harpist since making her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony at the age of 16. In 2014 she won the Anne Adams Awards, a biennial national competition sponsored by the American Harp Society.

As a scholarship recipient, Ms. Tula attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, where she studied with Nancy Allen (Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic) and Anneleen Lenaerts (Principal Harp, Vienna Philharmonic). In the summer of 2016 she also appeared as Principal Harpist with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Having had the support and inspiration to pursue music since her upbringing in the Wisconsin countryside, Ms. Tula finds opportunities to pay it forward. She was a recipient of the Sviatslov Richter Fund for Music Outreach to perform a recital series for children in hospitals throughout the Texas Medical Center in 2017, and continues to work closely with her hometown youth orchestra — the Milwaukee Youth Symphony — to maintain a scholarship fund for students, in memory of her late father.

Ms. Tula received her bachelor’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Paula Page, former Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony. When she is away from the harp, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, and is currently cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.