Dr. Zachary Bond is the Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Zachary holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree and a Master of Music (MM) degree in clarinet performance from the University of South Carolina Columbia, a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Newberry College. His primary instructors include Joseph Eller, Dr. Barry McGinnis, and John Bittle, with additional experience garnered from numerous acclaimed artists, including Steve Cohen, Robert Spring, Robert DiLutis, Fan Lei, and Karel Dohnal. Along with providing lessons in Applied Clarinet, he also serves as lecturing instructor in Introduction to Music, World Music, and American Music History courses, both in person and online. As an Applied Clarinet instructor, Zachary holds pedagogical seminars and masterclasses, instructs clarinet and woodwind chamber ensembles, and serves as a Faculty Artist with the UofSC Aiken Wind Ensemble. As an instructor in music humanities courses, he designs course curricula with a focus on delivering a student-centered approach in teaching for life-long learning. That mentality is carried over into the community as Zachary serves as Co-Founder and Co-Host of the Palmetto Clarinet Festival, which strives to be South Carolina’s premier event regarding clarinet performance and education for students of all ages and abilities. He is sought after as an adjudicator, serving as a member of The International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences for the ENKOR Competition, an online international solo and ensemble competition that critiques and awards solo and chamber music group performances of students ranging from the elementary to the college level. He has also served as woodwind and brasswind adjudicator for the SCMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival and clarinet adjudicator for the South Carolina All-State Band auditions, with his own private students earning top honors in both Region and All-State Band, and at other performance opportunities and workshops. As a performer, Zachary specializes in numerous performance genres and styles, ranging from a soloist to the orchestral, operatic, band, chamber, and jazz settings. His dissertation, available on ProQuest and Scholar Commons, The Clarinet Music of Dr. Austin Jaquith: A Performance Guide, provides insight into preparation and performance interpretation of the clarinet repertory of this active and distinguished composer. Principal Clarinet for the Aiken Symphony Orchestra and the Aiken Civic Orchestra, Zachary has appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Lake Murray Symphony, and the UofSC Columbia Symphony, collaborating with major nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and groups, including Zuill Bailey, Vadim Gluzman, Natasha Paremski, the New York City Ballet, and with local performers, such as the Columbia Choral Society, the Sandlapper Singers, the Dutch Fork Choral Society, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, and the Palmetto Chamber Orchestra. He is a founding member of Ensemble Eclectica, a Columbia-based ensemble that delivers a “wide variety of artistic collaborations featuring local musicians, dancers, visual artists and media professionals.” Zachary has worked frequently with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, a world-renowned opera company, in performing Puccini's Turandot and Madame Butterfly, with additional performances of Bernstein's Candide and Donizetti's Elixir of Love with students of UofSC Opera. While a member of the UofSC Columbia Wind Ensemble, he has participated in performances for the 2013 CBDNA National Conference with a release of a CD, “And I Await,” released on Mark Records. Locally, Zachary performs in the Savannah River Winds and is a founding member of the River Winds Clarinet Quartet, serving the Aiken and Augusta areas. Zachary performs on a Buffet R13 Prestige Bb and R13 A clarinet, an R13 RC Eb clarinet and a Ridenour Lyrique bass clarinet, using the Vandoren Black Diamond BD5 mouthpiece, D'Addario Reserve Classic reeds, and with Vandoren Optimum, M/O, and Klassik ligatures. He resides in Prosperity, South Carolina.
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