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2015 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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Zachary Sweet, celloZachary Sweet, cello
Cellist, Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes, Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-Cities Opera & Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; BM & MM, Eastman School of Music

Zachary is an educator, performer and director of Ithaca Free Concerts in Ithaca, NY. He completed his Master’s in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2006 where he served as a Departmental Assistant for Alan Harris. During his studies there, he became a member of the Eastman Chamber Society, was Principal of Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and Eastman Opera Orchestra, and studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, Elinore Freer, Dr. Jean Barr, Richard Kilmer, Kenneth Grant, and Alan Harris.

As a performer, Zachary has performed extensively throughout the Tri-State area. Venues have included the War Memorial in Syracuse, Shewan Recital Hall at Roberts Wesleyan College, Gibson Hall at Elmira College, Bristol Hall at Westminster Choir College, the Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY, Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, Kiplinger Theatre at Cornell University, and the “Nassau at Six” recital series in Princeton, NJ. He has had the honor of performing with artists such as Sharon Sweet, J.J. Penna, Phyllis Lehrer, Jose Melendez, Yin-Min Chang, Tabatha Easley, Patrice Pastore, Leanne Darling, Peggy Dettwiler and the late Erick Friedman.

Currently, Zachary plays with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Opera, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He has also had the pleasure of mentoring local Youth Orchestras in Tompkins County. From 2001-2003, Zachary held the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, where he acted as mentor to the Concert and Symphonic orchestras while playing with the Festival Orchestra under the batons of David Zinman and James Conlon.

As an educator, Zachary has spent the past six years exploring music development in young children. In 2009, he completed a long-term training program in Talent Education at the School for Strings in Manhattan under the tutelage of Master Teacher Pamela Devenport. Zachary has also completed training with Sally Gross, Carey Beth Hockett, and Rick Mooney. He has been the recipient of the Margery Aber Memorial Scholarship, the 2011 String Centre Scholarship, and most recently the 2012 Adam Lesinsky Memorial Scholarship, all awarded by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is currently on the faculty of Ithaca Talent Education. In June, 2013, Zachary will join the Faculty at Ithaca College’s Suzuki Institute, where he will offer private and group instruction.

In addition, Zachary is in demand as a Music Together Instructor, leading classes for Mixed Ages, Babies, Big Kids and Pre-Schools. He currently teaches for Music Together of Ithaca. In April, 2010, Zachary was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The award was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Found/Director.

Zachary plays the 2001 “Willow Cello” by Jim McKean and a 1999 Bow by Ron Forrester. Photo courtesy of Glen Sanders © 2011, www.gmsanders.net.

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