How far has a Simpson education taken Paul Zaborac?
Almost 9,000 miles.
Zaborac, who graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in music education, is currently working on his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia.
“I auditioned for the school during my senior year at Simpson and received a scholarship that allowed me to attend the Conservatorium following my graduation from Simpson.”
In addition to musical skills, Simpson taught him “organizational and time management skills as well, as the faculty expects a lot from students.
“The small size of the program also offered me the flexibility and opportunity to pursue and develop a wide range of skills that catered to my personal interests and goals as a musician. The intimacy created by the smaller program also allowed me to foster and develop rich relationships with the faculty and my fellow students.”
Perhaps this is why Zaborac, who grew up in Indianola, says most of his best memories at Simpson “involve making music and hanging out with friends.”
His future goals include an album recording project and pursuing a doctoral degree. Whatever he does, Zaborac says his Simpson experience will have helped prepare him.
“The music program is challenging in that a lot is expected from students,” he says. “This usually results in a significant time commitment to the various activities required by the music department, which can be strenuous at times.”
As for the Simpson faculty, Zaborac says, “All of the teachers that taught me helped shape me in some way, I think. The faculty were always willing to help and guide me in my development as a musician. They also provided good examples to follow through their own pursuit of excellence and the passion with which they taught.”