Zachary M. Watkins
Zachary M. Watkins earned a Master of Music from California State University Sacramento where he studied with Stephen Blumberg and Leo Eylar, and a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from California State University East Bay where he studied with Frank La Rocca. His engaging compositions incorporate a range of styles including neo-romanticism, jazz, avant-garde, 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 Sacramento new music group Citywater, the San Francisco bay area-based cabaret opera company Goat Hall Productions, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, as well as students and staff from the California State Universities in East Bay and Sacramento. His orchestral work “Zodiac,” which pioneered the composer’s Kaleidoscopic Development technique, was premiered by the CSUS Symphony Orchestra in May of 2016.
The composer maintains a music publishing business and works as a freelance copyist and engraver to provide digital engraving and printing services to academics, other composers, and music students. Watkins’ music is published by his 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 Mr. P Chill and Mr. Hooper (also known as Crazy Ballhead). 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.