Alumni Tale: Zach Silk ’16

What did you study at UNH?

Music Performance – Jazz Guitar

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

After my final semester in December of 2016, I was deep in the job hunt for a new career. At the time, I was teaching private music lessons while also working at Panera Bread. About 2 months after graduation, I joined forces with a top online timeshare reseller, as a Web Marketing Specialist. SMTN specializes in helping timeshare owners sell and rent out their units. As a marketing rep, I learned how to promote our client’s resort properties on the web. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing my skills as a marketer with SMTN while also learning about the world of vacation ownership. During that first year, I began to phase out my music teaching practice and started to focus on my job at SMTN and spending time with my wife and newborn son.

What are you doing now?

Today (besides perpetually learning the ropes of fatherhood!) I am still happily working at I also run my online telescope store, which offers telescopes for sale and other various telescope accessories for the purpose of astrophotography, research, and casual observation. In addition to spending as much time as I can with my new family, I love to gig or record whenever I get a chance. My absolute favorite musical outlet, though, is at my second home, Next Level Church, where I play electric guitar, drums, and keys.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH is where I really started to learn about the virtue and value of hard work. While studying privately under ad hoc Berklee guitar professor, David Newsam, I was able to realize that a little extra hard work can go a long way. Because of his influence, I decided to accelerate my daily practice routines and began signing up my own guitar students. What a grind! I am proud to say that during my time at UNH, I was able to reach my goals as a jazz musician and grow my practice, which in turn opened new doors for me. As a matter of fact, I created a website while at UNH for my music lessons which helped me through the doors at SMTN. I 100% attribute where I am today to my formative years at UNH.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because of the immense value I received from the faculty. A couple professors, namely Dave Newsam and Michael Annicchiarico, helped me see that the attitude of a studying musician permeates all aspects of life. I absolutely loved chatting with them and geeking out on all things music theory and ear training.