Finneytown Local School District Offers Development of Skills to Pursue Musical Opportunities

Finneytown Local School District is home to unique and strong musical talent, and many are gaining exposure to larger stages. While Finneytown is a small district, the musical offerings are on par with larger districts and include orchestra for students in grades 5-12. One of these exceptionally talented students is taking center stage beyond Finneytown in Cincinnati. Zach Wuorinen began his musical journey over 8 years ago in elementary school in Finneytown, and now is preparing for his next chapter and all the places he will go. 

After discovering the bass eight years ago in 4th grade orchestra and trumpet four years ago in middle school band, Zach’s opportunities continue and this time will allow for performances on a greater stage. Zach began performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, a 7-12 grade program, in 8th grade. Accepting this incredible opportunity allowed him to “meet people on the weekends that I could look up to,” Zach explained. The people he met through CSYO gave him inspiration and encouraged him to aspire to greater paths in his musical journey. Over the past summer, Zach took two of those paths attending a trumpet workshop at Oberlin College and performing his bass at the College Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Festival in June. Additionally, he spent 3 weeks this past summer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as part of the orchestral program in their summer festival. 

Through the trumpet workshop, Zach learned a different pedagogy for playing the trumpet. A guest professor from the Netherlands provided a different perspective, and one that Zach has been able to incorporate into his performance. Moreover, his exhibition at the Chamber Music Festival required Zach’s performing skills to be on point and challenged him in many ways. He and his fellow ensemble members had to assure their synchronization with each other as well as have strong communication among them since there is not a conductor. They had to coordinate their structure of push and pull tempo in addition to the down beats. His time spent at the Curtis Institute of Music provides further in depth skills and experience as well as exposure on the larger stage. 

As Zach looks to his future, he wants to double major next year in bass and trumpet performance. He is pursuing auditions at Oberlin College, the College Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and possibly even the illustrious Juilliard School. Zach is taking two College Credit Plus classes at the University of Cincinnati in English and Economics while still in high school. Furthermore, he assists music teachers, Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Delaney, with teaching younger band students. Band Director Michael Kennedy describes him “Zach has an impressive work ethic and has a special gift for music. He uses that gift to help others and shows a maturity beyond his years.”  Zach’s story is one of awe and inspiration, but it is a familiar story coming from the Finneytown Local School District’s music programs. There is a lot of talent in the halls of Finneytown and the amazing music teachers harness and build on that raw talent!