Clarinetist. Coffee drinker. Music Teacher. Chicagoan. Improviser. Pittsburgher. Bicyclist.
Zachary is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, recorder player, and improviser from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Based in Chicago, he is a co-director and performer in the radical new music group, Mocrep.
As a clarinetist, Zachary has performed with Lyric Unlimited, Manual Cinema, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and with various musicians and improvisers throughout the Chicagoland area. As a recorder player, he has performed with the New World Symphony, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mountainside Baroque, the Civic Orchestra, Mocrep, and at the Boston Early Music Festival.
Zachary received a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and a minor in historical performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2013. Former teachers include Larry Combs, Richard Hawkins, Kathryn Montoya (recorder), Burt Hara, and Ron Samuels.
Zachary is on the music faculty at the Chicago Waldorf School.
Q & A w/ ZACH
Years in Chicago?
What does being a Civic Fellow mean to you?
Being an advocate for music and the arts locally and beyond. Building and engaging an increasingly diverse audience. Enriching the culture of Chicago. Making the world a little less quiet.
Important musical experience(s)?
Playing in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for two years in high school.
Eric Dolphy, Joni Mitchell, Igor Stravinsky, Chet Baker, Peter Ablinger, Nat King Cole, Alban Berg, Maja Ratkje, Alessandro Scarlatti, Peter Evans, Domenico Scarlatti, Kendrick Lamar, J.S. Bach…
Favorite Chicago neighborhood or favorite Chicago hang?
Osmium, Wormhole, and Ipsento.
Photo by Todd Rosenberg ©.