Zachary Sweet

Cello Teacher

Zachary Sweet

SAA Member


Ithaca, NY
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Zachary Sweet is currently instructor of cello at Binghamton, Mansfield and Colgate Universities, on faculty at Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca, and artistic director of Ithaca Free Concerts in Ithaca, NY. Visit his site: and

As a performer, Zachary has performed extensively throughout the Tri-State are as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Currently, Zachary is principal of Colgate University Orchestra and plays regularly with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and Tri-Cities Opera. During the summer season, he is a resident artist at the MostArts Music Festival in Alfred, NY.

Zachary completed his Master’s 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 10 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. Zachary has also completed training with Carey Cheney, Sally Gross, Carey Beth Hockett, and Rick Mooney. In November, Zachary was awarded the Certificate of the 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.