Zachary Sweet

Cello Teacher

Zachary Sweet

SAA Member


Ithaca, NY
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Zachary Sweet is currently instructor of cello at Nazareth College, Binghamton and Colgate Universities, and on the faculties of Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca. Nationally, he is recognized as an up and coming clinician having lead workshops, masterclasses and institutes in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Utah.

Zachary performs extensively throughout the Tri-State area as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Currently, Zachary is principal of Colgate University Orchestra and Tri Cities Opera, and performs regularly with the Society of New Music, Binghamton Piano Trio and mezzo-soprano, Ivy Waltz.

He completed a masters degree in performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2006; in that time he was also a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. During his studies at Eastman, he became a member of the Eastman Chamber Society, was Principal of Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and Eastman Opera Orchestra, and studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, Elinore Freer, Dr. Jean Barr, Richard Kilmer, and Dr. Kenneth Grant; his principal instructors have been Alan Harris, Kathy Kemp and Carol Vizzini.

As an educator, Zachary has spent the past 12 years exploring music development in young children. In 2009, he completed a long-term training program in Talent Education at the School for Strings with Pamela Devenport. Since then he has continued training with Tanya Carey, Carey Cheney, Sally Gross, Carey Beth Hockett, and Rick Mooney. In November 2014, Zachary was awarded the Certificate of Achievement by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

In addition, Zachary is in demand as a Music Together Instructor, leading classes for Mixed Ages, Babies, Big Kids and Pre-Schools. In January, 2015, Zachary was awarded Music Together Certification Level II status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The award was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Found/Director.

Zachary plays the 2001 “Willow Cello” by Jim McKean and a 1999 Bow by Ron Forrester.