Zachariah Spellman

Principal Tuba

spellmanZachariah Spellman has been Principal Tubist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1977 and for the Marin Symphony since 1980. He is also a member of the Golden Gate Brass and the Aurio Trio. A frequent recitalist with pianist Karen Hutchinson, Mr. Spellman has been a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Fremont Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, the Bay Bones and the Youth Philharmonic of his hometown, Portland, Oregon.

Along with his regular orchestral positions, Zachariah has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Silicon Valley, Oakland East-Bay, Oregon and Houston Symphonies, as well as the Manhattan Philharmonic. He has also been a sideman for Mel Torme, George Shearing and Ray Charles.

It was while performing with the Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra of San Mateo that he met his wife, Susan. Susan’s culinary skills are legendary among opera aficionados, particularly as demonstrated by the annual feast she prepares for the Opera in the Park concert. The Spellmans make their home in San Francisco and enjoy restaurants and travel.

Summers have found Zachariah at such music festivals as Tanglewood, Peter Britt, Grand Teton, Lake Tahoe and Mendocino. His students from the San Francisco State University, where he has been teaching since 1982, populate international musical ensembles.

In addition to his San Francisco Opera releases, Mr. Spellman is featured on the recordings of David Grisman, Songs of our Fathers, the Bay Area’s Thoth, “Those Darned Accordions” and Big Lou’s Polka Casserole, as well as many TV and radio commercials that are produced in the Bay Area. Zachariah can occasionally be seen and heard marching through the streets of Chinatown in the Green Street Mortuary Band.