Zachary A. Peterson enjoys a varied career as a collaborative pianist, higher education administrator, and educator. He has performed with instrumentalists and singers throughout the United States, most recently with bassoonist Blaire K.S. Koerner, soprano Paulina Swierczek, and trumpeter Jared Wallis. In 2018 and 2019, Peterson was the collaborative pianist for the Nebraska Music Educators Association All-State Chorus with conductors Z. Randall Stroope and Brady Allred, respectively. As a collaborative partner, he has participated in the master classes of artists such as Renée Fleming, Matthew Haimovetz, Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer, and Jeffrey Thomas.
As Director of Graduate Advising and Services for the Eastman School of Music, Peterson acts as the primary resource for students and faculty regarding issues of graduate programs of study. In this role, he serves as the program advisor to approximately 300 MM and DMA students, administers all processes regarding change of enrollment status for graduate students, assists the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies with the preparation of graduate awards, coordinates the CARE Network for the Eastman School, oversees the DMA Lecture Recital prize, and liaises with Valley Manor and River Edge Manor for their respective Artist-in-Residence programs and recital series. Peterson represents the Eastman Graduate Studies Office on several committees across the School and University, including the Eastman Student Support Team (SST), the University Council on Graduate Student Life, the University Council on the Graduate CARE Network, and the University Campus Climate + Care committee.
An avid Musical Theatre specialist, Peterson holds a part-time faculty appointment in the Arthur Satz Department of Music of the University of Rochester where he teaches undergraduate courses in musical theatre. Peterson is a staff pianist for the Lotte Lenya Competition and served as the pianist for two installments of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook Project. Previous musical theatre engagements include the 2018 NATS National Musical Theatre competition, the Broadway Dreams Foundation’s Circle of Dreams intensive, and numerous musical theatre productions as a keyboardist and music director.
Zachary A. Peterson is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration with a specialization in higher education at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development of the University of Rochester. His research interests include the history of collaborative piano, musical theatre, and administration and governance in music higher education. He previously completed his Master of Music in piano accompanying and chamber music under the guidance of Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in collaborative piano and voice performance from Hastings College, where he studied with Ruth Moore (collaborative and solo piano) and Hillary Watter (voice).