Zachary Carrettin, Music Director, Conductor, Violin Soloist, and Educator

Zachary Carrettin, Music Director, Conductor, Violin Soloist, and Educator

Zachary Carrettin is a gifted and impassioned musician whose accomplishments as a music director, conductor, violin soloist, and educator have earned him international recognition well beyond his years. He currently balances symphonic and choral conducting, teaching, and performing while serving as director of orchestras at Sam Houston State University, and music director of the Boulder Bach Festival.

Carrettin made his conducting debut with the Royal Philharmonic of Kishinev, Moldavia, and soon thereafter conducted the Symphony Orchestra of the Theatre Vorpommern in Germany and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. He has conducted numerous soloists in projects ranging from baroque and classical-period instruments to contemporary instruments and repertory.

Carrettin spent a decade performing as concertmaster in sacred choral works with America's finest baroque orchestras, and he toured and recorded baroque choral repertory with the world-renowned choir Chanticleer.

A highly versatile violin soloist, Carrettin has toured four continents in collaboration with Project Bandaloop (aerial dance troupe), which included a private performance for the Sultan and Royal Family of Oman, in Muscat, as well as the opening ceremonies of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Dayton Center for the Performing Arts. He has performed as soloist in the historic Shubert Theatre in Boston, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rovereto, Italy, and the Stavanger International Festival in Norway.

An avid educator, Carrettin has directed the symphony orchestras of the National University of Music in Romania, the orchestras of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Zachary Carrettin holds bachelor and master of music degrees in violin performance from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, and a master of music degree in conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied orchestral, choral, opera, and wind ensemble conducting in Bucharest, Romania, and pursued studies in the doctor of musical arts program at Rice University. For more information, visit