A native of Rock Springs, Wyoming, baritone and pianist Zachary J. McCulley is excited to bring his enthusiasm and passion for music to Utah and Salt Lake Valley. Prior to residency in Utah, Zachary lived, performed, and studied music in Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle. Zachary graduated from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California with a Master of Music in Vocal Arts where he studied with international opera star, Rod Gilfry. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Certificate in Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Zachary studied piano with Steinway artist Dr. Peter Mack, Dr. Martha Holloway and Tressie Parsons as well as attending numerous workshops and camps like the USU Summer Piano Clinic.
As a vocalist Zachary has recently been seen on stage as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antonio and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Frank and Frosch in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, King Hildebrand in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig and Melisso in Handel’s Alcina. As a pianist Zachary has recently engaged in collaborative work with many singers, choirs, chamber ensembles, and musical productions such as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Secret Garden.
Zachary began his musical studies at age 5. During this time he studied piano, vocal music in multiple choral settings and eventually solo singing, and on the musical theatre stage. It is through the combination of these three art forms that Zachary found his place in the world. From belting show tunes, to his favorite Brahms Intermezzo, Zachary found his most confident self and the ability to light up any room with his energetic personality and smile. These are some of the key features Zachary brings to his lessons. He believes that music of any genre has the ability to uplift and change the life of those engaging with the music. That music takes as much discipline as it does love and passion. Zachary is so grateful to those that allow him to bring his love for music to the world through teaching and performance.