Zachary M. Watkins earned his Master of Music in composition from California State University in Sacramento where he studied with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar, and his Bachelor of Arts in music composition from California State University East Bay where he studied with Frank La Rocca. The composer’s pieces often incorporate a wide range of styles including avant-garde, jazz, neo-romanticism, and popular musics. Watkins’ focus on thematic material is a key aspect of his accessible work.
A Sacramento native, his compositions have been performed by pianist Jennifer Reason, soprano Carrie Hennessey, mezzo-soprano Meghan Dibble, the Citywater new music ensemble, the Goat Hall cabaret opera company, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. The composer maintains a music publishing business and works as a freelance digital music engraver. Watkins’ music is published by his own house imprint, Watford Press.
Outside the classical music realm, Watkins has worked with Sacramento-area artists from a wide variety of genres, including local hip-hop legends P Chill and Mr. Hooper. He is a member of BMI Classical, and an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. The composer currently resides in Sacramento with his partner Erin.
Zachary M. Watkins