Jeff Zahos, MFA, is passionately committed to exploring the confluence of music, sound and movement through modern dance, music performance, improvisation, sound design, and audio engineering. Currently, he is on the music faculty at Eastern Illinois University, where he teaches music technology, serves as head recording engineer, and works as the live sound engineer at the Doudna Fine Arts Center. He has engineered commercial CD releases by virtuoso pianist Ian Hobson, the Atlantic Harp Duo, and Bolokada Conde and has composed and performed music for dance, designed sound for dance and theatre, created movement/sound installations, and even performed as a dancer.
During the 2013 summer season, his first as Recording Engineer of the National Repertory Orchestra, he designed and installed an entirely new digital recording system. Prior to that, he worked as a musician for the dance department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater. During graduate school, Jeff worked as an audio assistant at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, where he recorded the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia da Camera, engineered live sound for many world class artists and designed sound for dance and theatre. As a professional musician, he has performed drums, percussion and timpani with the Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Peoria Symphonies, the Prairie Ensemble, Balinese gamelans, West African drumming groups, in musical theatre, and in numerous jazz and rock bands.
Known as “The National Zahos” by NRO staff, Jeff is very excited for his second season, and for early summer skiing, hiking, biking, tackling new 14ers and many other Colorado adventures!