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Zo Shay

Chinese Music Faculty

Zo is a multi instrumentalist, educator, and producer who recently moved back to his second home of Los Angeles. As a child Zo studied western classical violin, attending music school in the Bay Area, and during high school began to study the erhu. This experience led him to attend UCLA where he received a BA in Ethnomusicology and Minor In Visual and Performing Arts education. While at UCLA, he was able to study and focus on middle eastern violin and playing silk and bamboo music on the erhu.

Zo has a passion for arts education and education reform with a background in teaching erhu, violin, song writing, and guitar. He has guest lectured at UCLA and taught at University High School, The UCLA Community School, all in addition to creating programming and educational performances for institutions like The Hammer Museum, the Getty, and the Museum of Oriental Musical Instruments in Shanghai..

After moving to Shanghai in 2018 for the Confucius Institute Arts Fellowship, he continued his erhu studies in a summer program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The following semester he enrolled to study audio engineering, while working with Shanghai Community Radio. Currently, he is using these skills to record and produce podcasts, alongside teaching for the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra and his private students.

Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (310)985-3439