Significant teachers and mentors:
Several of Mr. Zupko's significant teachers and mentors include those with whom he did piano with, in addition to those who instructed him in composition. They include: Ramon Zupko, Phyllis Rappeport, Emilio del Rosario, and David Keiserman on piano, and Eugene O'Brien, Fred Fox, David Dzubay, Augusta Read Thomas, and Don Freund in composition.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Mr. Zupko's teaching philosophy is one that can only be explained in his own words;
"The art of teaching composition rests in perpetuating the curiosity that kindled the desire."
Professional affiliations & activities:
Dr. Zupko was also an ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) member from 2010-2011, Composer-in-Residence with Fulcrum Point New Music Project from 2008-present, Composer-in-Residence at Music Institute of Chicago from 2010 - present, Adjunct Faculty at DePaul from 2008 - present, Adjunct Faculty at Trinity Christin College from 2004 - present, and the Music Director at Lutheran Church of the Ascension. He has also conducted several ensembles, including the well-known Chicago Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and currently runs an innovative new program for young composers called the "Composer's Lab" at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Interests outside of music:
Aside from the music world, Dr. Zupko likes to read Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels (especially to his son) and take Pilates classes on a weekly basis.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
At the moment, Dutilleux.