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ASU Music Prep Program

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on October 15, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've recently been hired to teach trumpet through the Music Prep Program at Arizona State University and the School of Music.

Check out their website to learn more about this program for music students in the Phoenix/Tempe area.

https://music.asu.edu/music-prep/teacher-bios ;


Eastern Music Festival

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on August 7, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

For the month of July I had the opportunity to be a conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. At the festival, I worked with the three orchestras in addition to studying conducting with the three faculty conductors: Grant Cooper, Jose Luis Novo, and Music Director Gerard Schwarz.




Proclamation for Trumpet and Piano

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 20, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm extremely happy to share the recording of "Proclamation" performed live at the 42nd International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA. This is the live performance of Scott Thornburg, trumpet, and Helen Lukan, piano performing the piece on the New Works Recital earlier this month.

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Video Credit: ITG and the New Works Committee

International Trumpet Guild - New Works Recital

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 8, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

"Proclamation" was premiered at the 42nd annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA this past Friday. The piece was part of the "New Works Recital" that features new music composed recently for the trumpet. Scott Thornburg and Helen Lukan had an amazing performance of the piece that was met with thunderous applause. Below is the conference review.

"Zachary Ploeger’s Proclamation for Trumpet and Piano, commissioned by Scott Thornburg, opens with a bang and continues the theme of surprise throughout the entirety of the piece. Trumpeter Scott Thornburg engaged the audience from the very first brilliant tone, and pianist Helen Lukan continued to command attention with her aggressive entrance. If one is looking for continuity or transitions to make sense of the different sections of this piece, they will find none, as the composer sets up and then deliberately rejects the listener’s expectations. The somewhat disjointed nature of the first movement is in stark contrast to the second movement that features soft, docile lines and soaring high notes. Thornburg performed with unwavering consistency of tone and endurance throughout, and Lukan’s energy never faltered." - ITG Conference Blog





Graduation from Western Michigan University

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This past Saturday I graduated from Western Michigan University. I'm so thankful to all my teachers, family, mentors, and friends who have supported me during these past four years and have helped me grow as a trumpeter and composer.

Off to Arizona State University next fall!



Large Ensemble Comission

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I learned a few days ago that I was named the winner of the WMU Large Ensemble Commission Competition. As the winner I will be composing a piece for the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band that will be premiered Fall 2018.


Eastern Music Festival

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This summer I will spend a month as an orchestral conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.

http://easternmusicfestival.org/study/conductingfellows


Senior Composition Recital

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

With the completion of my Senior Composition Recital I officially completed all of the requirments to recieve my undergraduate composition degree from Western Michigan University and the School of Music. Check out the videso of the performances below.

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Campus Strings

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Campus Strings had their Spring 2017 semester recital and I had the pleasure of conducting Haydn's 6th Symphony. It was great to rehearse and conduct with them all semester!

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Proclamation for Trumpet and Piano

Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

"Proclamation" for trumpet and piano was pre-premiered at the WMU Spring Conference Chamber Music Recital. The next performance will be the offical premiere at the International Trumpet Guild Conference on their New Works Recital in Hershey, PA. I will post a recording after this performance, stay tuned.

Helen Lukan (piano) Zachary Ploeger (composer) Scott Thornburg (trumpet)


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