Zac’s clients have reached the Top #10 on the US Billboard Charts, have been featured in Hollywood Films, Television Shows & Commercials and have worked as backing singers and band members for Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner and Dave Brubeck. His stage clients are performing on Broadway, Off Broadway, 1st USA National Tours and The Metropolitan Opera. Many of his clients are professional gigging musicians that tour internationally, work on cruise ships and perform in well-known live music venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, The Blue Note, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End. In 2015, Zac was the vocal coach for a musical episode of TV show “Royal Pains” (USA Network), with original music by Tom Kitt (composer of Next to Normal, If/Then).
Zac holds an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, Steinhardt School, under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Gill and Prof. Jeremy Aye. For which he earned a 4.0 grade average. He was the recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, granted by the American Australian Association to support this study at NYU.
He holds a Master of Music Studies in Vocal Pedagogy, a Graduate Diploma of Music Studies and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice, all from Griffith University (Australia). He received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for each degree. During this study at QCGU, Zac was mentored by Dr. Irene Bartlett.
Zac completed the NYVC Voice Teacher Training & Certification (40hr) under the mentorship of Justin Stoney (2014). Zac is a Certified Integrative Studies Practitioner (Honours) at The One Voice Centre – NYC, under the guidance of Dr. Joan Melton & Jennie Morton. He completed the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive (2015), under the instruction of Dr. Johan Sundberg, Dr. Brian Gill, Prof. Jeremy Aye, Joan Lader, Dr. Milan Amin & Shirley Gherson. Zac is certified for Social & Behavioural Research, through CITI, after completing their program course (2019-2022).
Performing & Music Direction
As a performer, Zac has a wealth of experience as a lead & side man at festivals, clubs, cafe’s & on the corporate music scene. He has performed on stage with finalists from “The Voice” , “Idol” & “The X Factor”. Zac has worked in over 60 musical theatre productions, as performer, orchestra pit musician, vocal director, and music director. In 2006, Zac was awarded Best Music Direction (Del Arts Award), for Starlight Theatre Company’s production of Godspell. A versatile musician, he plays the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass and piano.
Masterclasses, Lectures and Other Teaching Experience
Zac has worked at New York University (NYU) as Adjunct Voice Faculty in the Steinhardt School. In addition to his work with professionals, Zac has extensive experience working with children, having led workshops at schools and in music & theatre camp settings. Of particular note is Brisbane Junior Theatre, for which he is a resident music director. Prior to moving to the USA, Zac managed a private music studio, and taught at private schools in QLD, Australia.
He has given masterclasses, workshops and lectures in the USA and Australia. Highlights include presenting at the International Youth Fellowship World Camp (New York, 2014), AUS ACT – The Australian Actors Training Conference (2018 & 19), and being on Faculty at Dr. Joan Melton’s One Voice Certification Course in NYC (2019 & 20)
Affiliations & Other Teaching Experience
In addition to writing multiple articles for NYVC’s vocalarticles.com, Zac has been published in the Journal of Voice and the Fusion Journal. His research with Jessica Lee and Dr. Joan Melton continues, upcoming topics include “Sing like you speak”, an investigation into the acoustic characteristics of sung and spoken sounds produced by professional singer(s) in the context of an opera.
Zac is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), The Voice Foundation, and NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers Association). In addition to the aforementioned organisations, he has also attended conferences and events produced by The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Australian Voice Association, The Australian Actors Training Conference, One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies and Gill Mindful Voice Training.