|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on December 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
My first semester studying at Arizona State University is almost complete. Only one jury performance and one final exam left! This semester has been a busy one, but also incredibly rewarding. It has been filled with many gratifying lessons, new insights, and many new people and relationships. The chance to study with Professor Hickman is truly amazing. It is also such a great opportunity to perform with the outstanding ensembles at ASU, both the orchestra and wind ensemble. Preparations for a recital and many big things are already underway for next semester. Stay tuned!
Performing with the ASU Orchestra during a performance of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet."
Performing with the Salt River Brass Band playing Solo Cornet.
A candid photo before taking the stage to perform.
A photo documenting one of the many nights my kitchen was consumed in order to write massive research papers.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on October 15, 2017 at 1:50 AM||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.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on August 7, 2017 at 3:25 PM||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.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 20, 2017 at 12:05 AM||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.
Video Credit: ITG and the New Works Committee
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on June 8, 2017 at 9:45 PM||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
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 5, 2017 at 3:05 PM||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!
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:25 AM||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.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
This summer I will spend a month as an orchestral conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 1:10 AM||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.
|Posted by Zachary S. Ploeger on May 3, 2017 at 12:20 AM||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!