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Laurel Zucker
M.M., Juilliard
(916) 278-7979 • Email
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Office: Capistrano 403

Courses/Areas Taught
  • Flute
  • Music 129

Professor Laurel Zucker

Laurel Zucker

Professor Laurel Zucker has enjoyed teaching full time at Sacramento State since 1988. Her early years as a child were spent in New York City with her brother and sister in Washington Heights (in Manhattan). At the age of 12, Laurel begged her parents for a flute after hearing numerous flute recordings at home. At 14 she left home and studied at the North Carolina School for the Arts under Philip Dunigan. After graduating high school at 16 she went to New England Conservatory for two years and studied flute with Paula Robison.

Laurel completed her Bachelor of Music in Flute at The Juilliard School with Samuel Baron. For the next 13 years she had a very successful career as a performer in New York, playing in the American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Silent Film Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, and the Jupiter Symphony. Ms. Zucker also held a full time 1st flute position with the Orchestra of New York for 3 years. During this time she played in many new music groups and chamber music concerts, under the baton of such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Mazur. She was a performer at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, with St Luke's Chamber Orchestra, and with the Little People Orchestra Society. From 1986-88 she went to get an MA in music composition at New York University.

During her career at Sacramento State, Ms. Zucker has released 55 recordings and 4 DVD Masterclass Series on Cantilena Records. Her recordings are available online from such vendors as iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, and can be heard regularly on classical radio stations throughout the U.S., and well as on Canadian, Israeli and European radio stations. Gramophone Magazine, as well as many newspapers, have reviewed all of her recordings extremely positively, stating that she is among the top flutists in the world. The New York Times, New York Post, and others have given her four-star reviews as a solo performer in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Kennedy Center.

In the summer of 2015, Ms. Zucker toured China with one of her own compositions, Shanghai for flute choir. She has toured Russia as a concerto soloist, performed at top music festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and England, to name a few. In May 2016 she will be a featured flute soloist at Carnegie Hall, performing African American Spirituals and Classical music.