Josh Zallar

Music Director/Conductor
Holland Area Youth Orchestra

Holland Area Youth Orchestra welcomes Josh Zallar to the podium as the new conductor of the youth orchestra starting in September, 2024.

Josh Zallar is a violinist, conductor and music educator. He gained his musical studies from the Chicago College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, where he pursed degrees in performance and music education. Upon completing his training, he returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, where he taught for Milwaukee Public Schools and the West Bend School District. While orchestra director at West Bend High Schools, he brought his orchestra on a tour of England and Scotland, commissioned new works, and collaborated with various rock/folk music groups to create exciting and unique experiences for his students. During this tenure Mr. Zallar helped grow the high school orchestra program to the largest in the state. Upon moving to West Michigan, he worked for Jenison Public Schools, has been a frequent clinician in the area, and, most recently, has been the orchestra director at Calvin University for the past 2 years. As an accomplished violinist, Mr. Zallar regularly performs with the Holland Symphony Orchestra, the West Michigan Symphony, and performs with other various musical organizations throughout the region.  He is lucky to spend his time with his wonderful wife, Sara, and his two energetic children, Jack and Olivia.  Auditions will be held at local high schools in the spring of 2024.  Video submissions will also be accepted.  See the application portion of the website.

Kyle Nester

Holland Area Concert Strings

Kyle Nester graduated from Alma College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree. After a long-term substitute teacher position in Fremont, Michigan he taught 5th – 12th grade orchestra at Chippewa Hills School District for seven years. After his wife Andrea finished her law degree at Michigan State University, he started teaching at Holland Christian in 2012. Andrea is currently employed in a law firm in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mr. Nester and his wife enjoy running races, enjoying nature, playing music, traveling, and spending time together. We have three “interesting” cats and a planted freshwater fish tank.