James Zellers

James Zellers

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First year with SO: 2001

Hometown: Mishawaka, IN

Instrument: Powell Flute and Piccolo, both made in 1972

Bachelor of Music and Master of Music – Indiana University; Doctor of Musical Arts – The Juilliard School

Born in 1961 in Mishawaka, Indiana, James Zellers is currently a section flutist and piccolo player with the Sarasota Orchestra. James is the youngest of three boys born to first generation American born parents (his mother is Italian and his father is German and Belgium). The only musician in his family, James began studying piano at the age of four. By the age of eight, James was an organist and church musician. It wasn't until his senior year of high school that James began flute studies.

James and his husband, Jim Devlin, breed, train, and show Australian Shepherds. They are currently the proud owners of three award winning Aussies in Confirmation, Obedience, and Nose/Scent work.

Career Highlights/Musical Accomplishment:
Some of James's musical accomplishments include:

  • North Carolina Visiting Artist/Recitalist 1991-2019
  • Concerto soloist with Sea Cliff Chamber Players, Columbus Georgia Symphony, and Chautauqua Symphony
  • Recorded with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Current Principal Flutist with Atlanta Opera Orchestra and Columbus Georgia Symphony
  • Artist Affiliate – Flute at Emory University


Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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