Zachary Bernstein received a BM in music composition from The Juilliard School and MA and PhD degrees in music theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prior to coming to Eastman, he was an instructor of music theory at The University of Alabama.
He was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2005 and won the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State in 2014. His articles and reviews have appeared in Music Theory Online and Theory and Practice. He has given numerous conference presentations on Milton Babbitt, spectralism, and the music theories of Leonhard Euler; additional research and teaching interests include the analysis of opera, Arnold Schoenberg, and organicism in modernist musical discourse. In addition, his compositions have been performed by the Cygnus Ensemble, Collage New Music, and Strata.