He enjoys working with a wide range of students regardless of age, experience, and ability. He was a proud middle school band director for 7 years at the Chicago Waldorf School and is currently a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Alongside the musicians of Eighth Blackbird, he was Visiting Instructor at the University of Richmond during the 2019–20 academic year. In 2018, Zachary worked closely with cellist YoYo Ma to mentor young musicians at the second annual Youth Music Culture Guangdong Festival in Guangzhou, China.
Zachary has presented masterclasses on the clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, chamber music, and contemporary techniques at institutions across the US, including Oberlin Conservatory, University of Louisville, Portland State University, Gettysburg College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Richmond.
Zachary is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the clarinet and has premiered over 90 new works of music. As a Fellow and clarinetist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2014–2016, he helped conceive and establish the Orchestra's New Music Workshop. He has worked closely with composers to provide essential feedback on developing material/new pieces for the clarinet, assistance with multiphonics, and general advice on writing for the clarinet.
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