Michael Zellgert

Michael Z.

Saint Cloud, MN

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

Michael Zellgert attended University of Wisconsin-Superior where he studied violin performance and conducting, including both choral and orchestral technique with Diane Balko and David Scott. In addition, he received mentoring under Markand Thakar from Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University and Yong-Yan Hu former Rostock Philharmonie & Shanghai Broadcast Symphony director.

Zellgert has appeared as a soloist with community and university orchestras throughout Minnesota and part of Wisconsin including Gustavus Adolphus College and University of Wisconsin - Superior. He has served as concertmaster of the Itasca Symphony Orchestra, UW-Superior Chamber Orchestra, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, and St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra along with performing as a violinist with the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth Festival Opera, and the Lyric Opera of the North.

Throughout his career as a violinist, he has performed with small ensembles including the Dynamic String Quartet, Highland Quartet, Saint Benedicta Trio, Pastiche, and Music Saint Croix.

Michael has served as the music director of the Duluth (Woodland) Community Orchestra, Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and Crow River Area Youth Orchestra and is a guest and cover conductor with regional orchestras including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra. His interest in music education has led him to conduct string sectionals for the College of St. Benedict/St John's University Orchestra, clinics for high school orchestras, and has adjudicated auditions for solo/ensembles and camps including Interlochen Camp for the Arts.

In addition to 25 years of performance and teaching, Zellgert has held office on orchestra and arts boards throughout Minnesota including the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud and the Prairie Arts Council. His background has included administrative positions like the Director of Operations & Personnel with the Duluth-Superior Symphony and Computer Systems Manager with the St. Cloud Housing & Redevelopment Authority.

Michael maintains a private studio, a member with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, 2nd violin principal with the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra, member of the St Cloud String Quartet, the Islay Trio, and artistic director/founder of the Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra.

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Artistic Director & Founder
Jul 2013 - Present
Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra

Principal 2nd Violin
Sep 2011 - Present
St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra

Freelance Musician/Teacher
Sep 1998 - Present
Self Employment

Perform and teach throughout Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin.

Section Player
Sep 1993 - Present
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra

Systems Administrator/Project Manager
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Cloudnet Inc.

Artistic Director
Sep 2009 - Dec 2014
Crow River Area Youth Orchestra

Computer Systems Manager
Dec 1999 - Jun 2013
Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Artistic Director
Sep 2006 - May 2009
Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra

Concertmaster/Assistant Conductor
Sep 2001 - May 2008
Heartland Symphony Orchestra

Director of Operations & Personnel
Jan 1999 - Jan 2000
Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Sep 2016

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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American String Teachers Association
Aug 2016

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2009

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Artist Director of the Crescendo Strings Camp

Central MN Orchestra invited six schools to the Mark Wood EYS on January 14, 2018

A bit of fun on the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
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Andrew Feb 8, 2018
Violin · In home

Michael is one of the best violin instructors I have ever met! He is really down to earth, is great at preparing people for the future. He is really good at making each of his lessons right for his students. He also helps me with music I am be struggling with, he has a lot of great methods and has a great curriculum. All in all, I think Mr. Zellgert is a great teacher!

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