Cellist Zachary Preucil enjoys a variety of professional activities as performer, educator, and arts advocate. Currently, he serves on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, maintains a private studio in Schaumburg IL, and coaches chamber music for the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra. Previously, he served on the faculty of the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, NY, and as a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has also been invited as guest improvisation clinician at multiple MIC workshops and classes at the Wheaton College Community School for the Arts.
Zachary received his M.M. in Cello Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was inducted into the Beta Pi chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda. He received his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. Zachary's primary teachers have included David Ying, Yeesun Kim, and Walter Preucil. Additionally, he has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Tanya Carey and Jean Dexter, and trained in the Creative Ability Development improvisation method with Alice Kanack. Recently, he has appeared in performances with the Midsummer's Music Festival, the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Chicago Cello Society, the MIC Faculty/Guest Artist Series, and as a soloist with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra at Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
Outside of his teaching and performance activities, Zachary is an active contributor to a variety of arts-related blogs. Along with flutist Elizabeth Erenberg, he is co-founder of Musicovation.com, a website that promotes innovative initiatives in the music industry. Additionally, he has blogged for Polpyhonic.org, the Credo Music Festival, and the Huffington Post, and served for two years as co-editor of “The Penguin,” New England Conservatory’s student-run newspaper.