Soprano Jessica Zamek possesses a crystal-clear, full lyric voice praised for the complexity of its harmonics and well-suited to roles such as Mimi (La bohème), Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Countess Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), and the title role in Susannah. Most recently, she appeared as Madame Lidoine in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Midwest Opera Institute and as the soprano soloist in Messiah with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in Kent, CT. She also created the role of Woman 2 in the world premiere of Tiange Zhou’s Smog at Pocket Opera.
Ms. Zamek’s repertoire include the title role in Manon, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto. An accomplished recitalist artist, she regularly concertizes throughout New England and Colorado. Most recently, she has been heard in a lecture-recital at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie, NY, a concert of opera arias at St. Michael’s Chapel in Kent, CT, and A Candlelight Vigil for Our Girls, a special event held in Smithtown, NY.
Ms. Zamek is a dedicated church musician since early childhood, serving as section leader, children’s music director, and frequently as a soloist. She also frequently lends her voice at patriotic and community events such as parades, homecomings, and occasions calling for the national anthem. Her catalogue includes an extensive repertoire of jazz, and she has fronted both big bands and small combos.
A native of Maine, Ms. Zamek earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Western Connecticut State University, where she studied with Dr. Margaret Astrup. She attended graduate school at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and studied with Mary Mac and Jerome Pruett. She is a veteran private voice teacher who works with students of all ages, an experienced high school choir director, and an early childhood music specialist. Currently, she maintains a private studio and is on the music faculty at Rye Country Day School. She is a student of Sherry Overholt.
Multi-instrumentalist Brian Zamek received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Mr. Zamek also received a Master’s in Music Education from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford where he was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship in the music education department. While pursuing his degree he taught undergraduate woodwind methods courses, directed the Hartford Hawks basketball pep band, and appeared as guest conductor with the Hartt Wind Ensemble and the Capitol Symphonic Winds.
Mr. Zamek has taught instrumental music and directed ensembles of all levels for the past 20 years. Most recently, he was director of bands at Pawling High School where, in addition to teaching instrumental lessons, he directed the concert band, jazz ensemble, and parade band. Brian has also taught courses in music theory, music history, guitar and piano.
An experienced performer, Brian has played with numerous concert bands and chamber ensembles including the Colorado Jazz Workshop Monday Night Big Band and Opus Four Saxophone Quartet, He is also an experienced woodwind doubler, playing in several musical theater pit orchestras in and around the lower Hudson Valley.