Zoe Imani Willingham is an aspiring musician, currently pursuing a degree in Violin Performance at the Jacobs School of Music where she studies with Simin Ganatra, first violinist of the Grammy award-winning Pacifica Quartet. Her musical journey began with teaching herself the guitar at the age of ten and moving on to include the violin one year later. Her natural enthusiasm for music married with diligent work ethic is the direct cause of her exponential growth and has allowed her to make remarkable achievements in a short amount of time.
Zoe is an alumna of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program where she studied with Sanford Salzinger, an ASO section violinist. During her fellowship, she frequently performed in solo recitals, orchestral, and chamber music concerts. Most notably, she was invited to perform for the naming ceremony of Mary Frances Early, University of Georgia's first African American graduate. She has served as Concertmaster at both the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she has placed in competitions such as the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity 2020 Talent Hunt Competition and the MYSO Scholarship Competition.
Zoe is currently the lead instructor at a non-profit organization Henry for Music in Stockbridge, GA, and teaches for Golden Fiddles Studio, located in North Carolina. Additionally, she teaches through her private studio. Her teaching even extends to all musicians through her book, Practice Journal: A Mindful Guide for Musicians. Her greatest passions in life are performing and sharing her love of music with people through teaching.
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