Marc Zyla is the Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) in Davenport, Iowa, and has been principal horn of the QCSO since 2011. He is also the General Manager of the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs) program. Prior to his appointment at QCSO, Marc had been the Consortium Instructor of Horn at the University of Evansville and principal horn of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Marc has been a featured performer in both the QCSO’s Masterworks and Signature Series programs. He has also been a featured soloist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, performing the world premiere of Kaoru Wada’s Toone for Horn and Wind Orchestra. He has also soloed with the Urbana Pops Orchestra and was a frequent guest on WILL-FM radio. Marc has performed with the Illinois Brass Quintet, the Pittsburgh Brass Project, and the Looking Glass Wind Quintet at the Banff Chamber Music Festival. He is principal horn of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and frequently performs with ensembles such as the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Heartland Festival Orchestra. Internationally, he has performed as principal horn of the Philharmonie der Nationen (Germany) and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Mexico).
Marc earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Arts from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Horn Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teachers include William Caballero, Thomas Jöstlein, Bernhard Scully, Robert Lauver, Virginia Thompson, C. Scott Smith, and Luke Zyla.