Zachary Peterson enjoys a multi-faceted career as a collaborative pianist, educator, and arts administrator. Recent engagements include performing at the National Trumpet Competition with Jared Wallis, the 2018 Nebraska Music Education Association All-State Chorus with Z. Randall Stroope, Lee Hoiby's Bon Appétit with Kathryn Cowdrick, and the NATS National Music Theater competition. In addition, he co-commissioned and premiered Patrick Dunnevant’s Passion de Jean with bass Cody Müller, adjudicated the solo piano competition at the Hummingbird Festival (Asian American Cultural Exchange), and held guest artist residencies with saxophonist Nathan Mertens
Mr. Peterson has served as a pianist for Summer@Eastman, the Classical Singer competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, the Rochester Association of Performing Arts, and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society. He has performed in masterclasses for artists such as Renée Fleming, Matthew Haimovetz, Jake Heggie, and Gene Scheer. Equally comfortable with musical theater repertoire, he maintains an active schedule as a music director and pianist for various productions, which have included 42nd Street, Assassins, and Spring Awakening.
As the Graduate Advisor for the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Mr. Peterson serves as the primary advisor to 300 graduate students, acts as the CARE Network liaison for Eastman, and manages the Artist-in-Residence program and Eastman on East recital series at the Valley Manor. He also holds the position of Director of Music at Elmgrove United Methodist Church. Previous positions include Student Services Coordinator at Eastman and administrator of Midsummer Night Opera, a Rochester-based opera initiative.
Zachary Peterson completed his Master of Music degree in piano accompanying and chamber music under the guidance of Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in collaborative piano and voice from Hastings College, where he studied with Ruth Moore and Hillary Watter.