Zach Nicely

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  • Program Development Assistant

    Zach received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Horn Performance from Western Michigan University.  He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Virginia and Michigan including the Waynesboro Symphony and Jackson Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared as guest horn soloist with choirs such as JMU’s The Madison Singers, The Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival, and the Kalamazoo Male Chorus.  Zach has also performed with New York ensembles including the New York International Symphony Orchestra and the Litha Symphony Orchestra.  He has also appeared with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, National Music Festival at Washington College, and Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.

    Zach has also received classical vocal training in conjunction with his instrumental studies.  He has performed with the Kalamazoo Male Chorus, JMU Masterworks Chorale and on tour with The Madison Singers, who joined performances with Josh Groban’s World Stages Tour.  He has had roles in productions with the JMU Opera Theatre and the WMU Opera in productions such as Candide and Ravel’s The Spanish Hour, and while playing horn with the College Light Opera Company joined the chorus for a production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    More recently, Zach has worked as a conductor and administrator.  He served as a student conductor with the WMU Symphony Orchestra, the inaugural Conducting Scholar with the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo.  He worked with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival as a Site Coordinator and joined the staff of the College Light Opera Company as Business Manager following a season as a hornist with the orchestra.

    Zach feels right at home with DCINY’s programming of masterpieces that fuse vocal and instrumental expression.  He is enthusiastic about giving musicians from around the world the opportunity to experience these exciting collaborations!

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