Zachary Kampler is a classically trained composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. A professor at Westchester Community College, Kampler teaches Brass and Composition in addition to conducting the Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, and the Music Department’s main-stage productions. Mr. Kampler is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra.
Kampler’s career spans a myriad of genres, including musicals (Cabaret, City of Angels, Ragtime and West Side Story), operas (The Barber of Seville, La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, and La Traviata), operettas (The Gondoliers and The Pirates of Penzance), ballets (Carnival of the Animals), and symphonic works (Beethoven’s Symphonies One, Seven, and Eight, Mozart’s Symphony Number Thirty-five, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number Five). He has conducted for Nickel City Opera,(Buffalo, NY) Crystal Opera,(Norwalk, CT), The Connecticut Little Symphony (Norwalk, CT), and TAB Productions, (Greenwich, CT)in addition to holding the position of Assistant Conductor with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic (Stamford CT), Tri-Cities Opera(Binghamton, NY), and Sarasota Opera (Sarasota FL).
Kampler has been composing since 2001, when he conducted the premiere of his first symphonic work – The Final Say. He has most recently been working on composing musicals with his writing partner, Rocco Natale. The team was commissioned by the Boys & Girls Club to create a musical for student performers. The result, a new musical: K.C.@Bat, premiered at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre and is currently published and available for licensing through YouthPLAYS. The team is looking forward to the publication of their next project, a young artists’ version of The Pirates of Penzance.
A graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College Program, Kampler holds a B.A. in Music from New York University and earned an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, with a concentration in Opera, from SUNY Binghamton.