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'Music is my passion'

By Nor­walk Re­flec­tor staff • Jan 1, 2019 at 9:00 PM

Regan Zieber, a Norwalk High School junior, recently was recognized for one of his musical compositions.

Zieber’s own “Our New Home” was chosen for the Silver Award for the instrumental category in the 35th annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC). Jay Keating, MASC director said the competition was astonishing.

“More than 70 judges, including eight Grammy winners, a VP at Universal Records, published working songwriters and others of note, pored over these songs in rounds of judging,” he said. “The number of good songs I heard that didn't make the cut astonished me. I listened to every song this year and it gave me a lot of hope for songwriting and for the present and future of our mutual avocation.”

Zieber wrote the song in 2017 for Norwalk’s 200th Bicentennial, which was performed live at St. Paul Episcopal Church on April 22, 2017. He was 15 years old at the time. Performers for the piece were Chase Castle on piano, a 2015 Norwalk graduate and current Organ and Music History major at Baldwin Wallace, Emily Barger on violin, Norwalk High School orchestra teacher, and Jake Muratore, a Baldwin Wallace music student.

Zieber began piano lessons in second grade with his mother, Lori Zieber, and began studying under Chase Castle while in junior high. He also began cello lessons with Emily Barger as a high school freshman. His love of playing piano changed to a love of arranging music which then transformed to a love of composing.

“Music is my passion and will always be a major part of my life,” he said.

He has written more than 40 compositions, primarily piano solos, small ensemble pieces and orchestral works. Recently he has begun composing cinematic soundtracks. Samples of his music can be found at www.regankzieber.wixsite.com/music. He also just completed a recorded CD of piano pieces.

Other recent recognitions for the high school student include participating in Jim Brickman’s Songwriting Bootcamp in July 2018 where Regan performed a newly composed piano piece “Forgotten Memories” live at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, as well as placing second at the Norwalk High School’s 2018 Spring Talent Show with a piano solo of “He’s a Pirate.”

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