University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Artist's BiographyDr. Alexandra Zacharella, a native of New Jersey, is currently Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music (Low Brass) at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. She is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, where she completed a doctorate in Trombone Performance with minors in Conducting, Music Education and Jazz Studies. While at USC, she was a teaching assistant for the Music Education Department and the Thornton Wind Ensemble, under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds.
Zacharella holds bachelorâ€™s degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Education from The Hartt School, The University of Hartford (Conn.), and a masterâ€™s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. While at the University of Michigan, she was an avid performer as well as a music educator, serving as a graduate student instructor for the Music Education Department. Her U-M discography includes recordings as trombonist with the University Symphony Orchestra for the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (The American Experience), and as principal trombonist and featured soloist with the U-M Symphony Band in the world premiere of Michael Daugherty\'s â€œRosa Parks Boulevardâ€ under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds, a work that she later performed with the Idyllwild (Calif.) Festival Wind Ensemble in 2006 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Zacharella has been an active freelance musician in New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan and California. She has performed with many symphony orchestras across the United States, including holding positions with the Bermuda (Island) Philharmonic and the Lake St. Clair (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra. She is currently principal euphonium with the Fort Smith Symphony and performs throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma, including a recent solo trombone performance with the Fort Smith Symphony and performances with the Tulsa Camerata (OK) and the DCINY Orchestra in New York City, NY. In 2006, as a member of the Metroplex Brass Quintet she performed as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association Competition. She is currently director of the UAFS Brass Camp/Workshop, where she performs with the resident faculty brass quintet. The UAFS Summer Faculty Brass Quintet has collaborated and performed with distinguished artists, including Patrick Sheridan, Allen Vizzutti, Harry Watters, Brian Bowman, and Sam Pilafian.
Zacharella has performed in many well-known concert venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hill Auditorium (Michigan), Royce Hall (UCLA), Detroit Symphony Hall and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She also has performed on stage with various classical and jazz greats, including Yo Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Andy Martin, Curtis Fuller, Chuck Mangione, John Fedchock and Jim Pugh.
At the collegiate level, Zacharella has won numerous awards, including the William D. Revelli Alumni Band Scholarship, the Robert Marsteller Memorial Endowed Music Award and one of USCâ€™s top graduate honors, the Order of Arete, for her dedication to performance and music education.
As an educator and conductor, Zacharella is an active wind ensemble and low brass clinician. She was formerly Director of Bands at L\'Anse Creuse Middle School - Central in Harrison Township, Mich.; has served on faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Summer All-State Program as trombone coach; and was a wind ensemble clinician for the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. While in California, she served as conductor of the New California Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (Buena Park) and the Dong Shin Chamber Orchestra (Fullerton), worked for the Young Musicians Foundation (Beverly Hills), and was involved with community music projects in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also has served on faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival as trombone coach, co-director of the trombone choir and assistant conductor of the Idyllwild Festival Wind Ensemble. Zacharella currently presents clinics in Arkansas and Oklahoma and works as a wind clinician for Branson On Stage Live in Missouri.
Zacharella recently presented at The 65th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Ill. and at the 27th South Central Regional College Music Society Conference in Ada, Okla. Zacharella has performed master classes and recitals at the University of Ulsan in Ulsan, South Korea, University of Southern California and the University of Arkansas. In 2011 she presented a paper at the International Conference of The College Music Society in Seoul, South Korea and presented at the 2010 Arkansas Bandmasters Association Convention in Fort Smith, Ark. Zacharella holds professional offices and serves as the state president for the Arkansas Chapter of CBDNA and is co-chair for the College Music Societyâ€™s 2012 International Initiative Committee.
Zacharella maintains a private Low Brass Studio in Fort Smith, where her students have found great success in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Associationâ€™s region bands and all-state bands. She spends her summers directing and teaching at the UAFS Brass Camp, Jazz Camp and Junior High Band Camp.