Music Department Faculty
Zach Collins earned his Bachelor of Music in Tuba
Performance from Texas Christian University (2003),
his Master of Music (2005) and Doctor of Music (2007) in Tuba
Performance from the University of Southern California.
While at TCU, Zachs primary studies were
with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area. At USC his teachers were Jim Self
and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm
Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Zach has had numerous performing opportunities as a
freelance musician in Texas and California. He has
performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis
Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic,
Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber
Orchestra, and the Texas Wind Symphony. In these ensembles
Zach has performed under the baton of conductors such
as Bramwell Tovey, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Helmuth Rilling.
In Los Angeles Zach performed on several motion pictures
including Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Carribean: At
Worlds End, X-Men 3, Bobby, Next, Rocky Balboa,
and Live Free or Die Hard. In 2007 he performed on
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with the band Korn.
Zach has also been successful as a soloist and chamber
musician. He placed 2nd in 2005 and 3rd in 2003 at
the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba
Festival. Zach won first prize at the 2005 Pasadena
Showcase House Instrumental Competition. In 2006 as
a member of the Metroplex Brass Quintet he performed
as a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber
Zach has been an active teacher in both Texas and California.
In Texas he taught in the Keller, Grapevine/Colleyville,
and Birdville Independent School Districts. In California
Zach taught at Cerritos College and in the Walnut Valley
At IUP Zach teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble and teaches Introduction to Music. Zach performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Keystone Chamber Winds, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. In June 2008 Zach performed as a guest artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Cincinnati, OH.