Zachary Whitney

Executive Director


Zachary Whitney is a trombonist, composer, and arranger originally from Augusta, Georgia. He has received his Bachelor’s degree in tenor trombone performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently working on his Master’s degree in bass trombone performance. As a composer, he has written for members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as the Oberlin College and Conservatory. One of his most recent works will be premiered and recorded in Japan by TCO musicians Massimo La Rosa and Yasuhito Sugiyama and is scheduled for August of 2017.

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Having a passion for music education and the tremendous impact it has on communities, Mr. Whitney has dedicated himself to learning from the finest pedagogues from institutions such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and The Juilliard School. Mr. Whitney believes that the best way to enact social change is through an unwavering support of the development of youth in our communities. Having had the opportunity to attend a fine arts school for his early education, he understands firsthand the importance of blending education with the arts. His earliest and most important instruction came from Mr. Everett Cannady, a prominent band director and instructor with the Georgia Music Educators Association, where he first developed a strong understanding of the principals of music pedagogy.

Mr. Whitney has spent countless hours working with youth in the City of East Cleveland, North Collinwood, and parts of his hometown in Augusta as well as Atlanta, Georgia. In August of 2016, he led a four-week workshop in the Hough Neighborhood as part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency where he was able to provide musical instruction to more than 50 students. He has developed the Impetus Project to expand the influence of music instruction and resources to all parts of the greater Cleveland area. His goal in developing this educational program is to serve as a critical artistic extension of the school system. Mr. Whitney has spent time with members of notable Cleveland community organizations such as Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator, and East Cleveland Collaborative. He also works with Underground Classical, an organization aimed at “rethinking classical music” and broadening the scope of musical influence to the community. He believes working with and learning from other community-based organizations is imperative to uniting and strengthening the City of Cleveland.