Zachary Sweet is currently instructor of cello at Binghamton, Mansfield and Colgate Universities, on faculty at Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca, and artistic director of Ithaca Free Concerts in Ithaca, NY. Visit his site: www.zacharysweet.org and www.ithacafreeconcerts.org
As a performer, Zachary has performed extensively throughout the Tri-State area. Venues have included the War Memorial in Syracuse, Steadman Theatre at Mansfield University, 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, Anthony Pattin, Susan Waterbury, Liz Simkin, Heidi Hoffman, and the late Erik Friedman.
Currently, Zachary is principal of Colgate University Orchestra and plays regularly with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and Tri-Cities Opera. During the summer season, he is a resident artist at the MostArts Music Festival in Alfred, NY.
Zachary completed his Master’s in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2006; in that time he was also a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. During his studies at Eastman, 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, and Dr. Kenneth Grant; his principal instructors have been Alan Harris, Kathy Kemp and Carol Vizzini.
As an educator, Zachary has spent the past eight 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 Carey Cheney, Sally Gross, Carey Beth Hockett, and Rick Mooney. In November 2016, Zachary was awarded the Certificate of the Achievement by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
In addition, Zachary is in demand as a Music Together Instructor, leading classes for Mixed Ages, Babies, Big Kids and Pre-Schools. In January, 2015, Zachary was awarded Music Together Certification Level II 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.