Zachary Preucil is no stranger to Midsummer’s audiences, having served the festival variously as a cellist, composer, and intern over the course of the past two decades. This summer, he is excited to be back in both cellistic and administrative capacities. Zachary received his M.M. in Cello Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was inducted into the school’s chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda in recognition of his outstanding achievement in music and academics. He received his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. Zachary’s primary teachers have been David Ying, Yeesun Kim, and his father, Walter Preucil; additionally, he has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo and Ying Quartets. He has also studied at several summer music festivals and institutes, including the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the Castleman Quartet Program in New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Outside of his performance activities, Zachary is also an active teacher. Currently based in the Chicago area, he previously taught at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, New York and held a teaching assistantship at Eastman which gave him the opportunity to teach non-majors cello students at the University of Rochester. An interest in administration led him to intern with Midsummer’s for the 2013 season and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Development Department for the 2013-2014 season.
Additionally, Zachary maintains a strong presence in the musical blogosphere. He has contributed to Polyphonic.org’s “On Campus” blog since 2012, writing about everything from surviving music school to the relevance of classical music in contemporary culture. His work has also been featured on the Huffington Post Arts Blog, the Chicago Cello Society blog, and the CREDO Music Festival blog.