John Zarco, D.M.A.

Associate Professor, Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Music

John Zarco, D.M.A.



John Zarco is Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His responsibilities have also included conducting the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and University Band, in addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, wind literature, and music education.

Prior to his appointment at UTSA, Dr. Zarco served as Director of Bands at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and as a public school instrumental music teacher at Saratoga High School, in Saratoga, California. He received a D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Minnesota as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Zarco was recognized with distinguished membership as a “Friend of the Arts” by Sigma Alpha Iota and has been awarded honorary memberships in the national organizations of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.

In addition to his work at the university level, Dr. Zarco conducted the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Symphonic Winds during their inaugural 2014-15 season. He has presented at state conferences, including the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention and California All-State Music Education Conference. He served on the Executive Board of the Texas Music Educators Conference and is currently the TMEA Region 29 College Division Chair. Dr. Zarco continues to maintain an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. His book, Rehearsing the Band, Volume 3 is published by Meredith Music Publications and is distributed by Hal Leonard.



  • Conducting I
  • Conducting II
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • University Band
  • Applied Conducting (graduate)
  • Wind Literature (graduate)
  • Rehearsal Techniques (graduate)


  • B.M., M.M., California State University at Sacramento
  • D.M.A., University of Minnesota

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