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MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County Arts Center has added the son of Tony Award-winning actor Zero Mostel to its list of instructors.

Tobias Mostel joined the staff of the Arts Center in late September, teaching drama, voice and piano. In January, he will add a drawing class to his repertoire.

"I consider myself a painter," said Mostel, when asked which of his talents he prefers to teach.

A native of New York, Mostel attended Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University.

He began taking piano lessons at age 7 and continued those lessons for 12 years.

At age 12, he joined the Boys Chorus at the Metropolitan Opera.

"I started at the top, as they say," Mostel said.

Having grown up around opera, Mostel still considers a day spent singing opera to be a "well used day."

He offers lessons to people of all ages and prefers to have a mix of ages in a class.

Mostel believes that people should take lessons because they want to, not because someone else thinks they should.

"Even the best teacher can't make kids interested," he explained.

Mostel and his wife reside in Madison, Fla., where they moved to be near her family. In addition to lessons in Moultrie, he gives lessons through the Lowndes Valdosta Arts Center and American Music in Valdosta.

Anyone interested in taking lessons from Mostel should contact the Arts Center at 985-1922.

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