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Director of Music

Zachary Peterson

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ZACHARY PETERSON currently serves as Director of Music at Elmgrove UMC. He is establishing a multi-faceted career as a collaborative pianist, educator, and arts administrator. Recent engagements include performing at the National Music Theater competition and guest artist residencies with saxophonist Nathan Mertens at Concordia College, Hastings College, and Wayne State College. In addition, he co-commissioned and premiered Patrick Dunnevant’s Passion de Jean with bass Cody Müller and adjudicated the solo piano competition at the 2017 Hummingbird Festival (Asian American Cultural Exchange).

Mr. Peterson has served as a pianist for Summer@Eastman, the Classical Singer competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions (NATS), the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society (NCAS). 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.

In addition to his position at Elmgrove United Methodist Church, Mr. Peterson holds the position of Student Services Coordinator at the Eastman School of Music, where he facilitates daily operations in the Office of the Registrar and assists in the Office of Admissions. Previous positions include Accompanying Services Coordinator at the Eastman School and administrator for Midsummer Night Opera, a Rochester, NY-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.

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