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Kari Zimny Conductor Symphonic Wind Ensemble


Kari Zimny has been a music educator since graduating from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1977. There she studied flute with Max Schoenfeld. In 2007 she earned a master’s degree in teaching with a Specialty in Best Practices. Mrs. Zimny has taught both publicly and privately for more than 40 years. As an instrumental music teacher in the Sacramento City Unified School District, Mrs. Zimny’s ensembles have received numerous superior ratings and awards in the region. In 2011, her Albert Einstein Middle School Wind Ensemble was invited to play at the National Conference for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in San Francisco.


In 2011, Mrs. Zimny was awarded the Sacramento Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year Award. She received the California Music Educator Association’s Music Educator of the Year for the Capitol Section in 2008. She has been active in marching band and drum corps for much

of her career, and was part of the instructional staff for the Sacramento Freelancers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and the national award-winning Marian Catholic High School Marching Band from Chicago Heights, Illinois.


Mrs. Zimny continues her passion for performing with the Sacramento Symphonic Winds. She recently retired from teaching band and orchestra at Albert Einstein Middle School in Sacramento.

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