Zachary Dierickx is a freelance clarinetist and educator currently based in Lansing, Michigan where he lives with his wife, flutist Emily (Bedard) Dierickx. As a clarinetist, he frequently performs with orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, and in solo recitals. An enthusiastic teacher, Zack maintains a private studio of students ranging in age from 11 to 71. His students have successfully auditioned into honor bands, earned superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals, and developed a lifelong love for the clarinet and music.
Zack has performed with symphony and opera orchestras throughout South Florida, Central Ohio, and Northern Minnesota. In the summer of 2020, he received Honorable Mention in the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition Competition and, in 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the ICA Young Artist Competition. Zack and Emily’s chamber music group, EZ Duo, frequently performs at universities and conferences such as the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference.
Zack is a new music advocate and strives to perform and document the music of today. His doctoral research explored the output of renowned German clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann with a focus on his Fantasie for Clarinet Solo and a guide to contemporary clarinet techniques. Two articles expanding on this research were recently published in the December 2018 issue of The Clarinet journal. Zack has joined consortiums and directly commissioned several new works from emerging and established composers for flute-clarinet duo, and clarinet solo.
As a teacher, Zack takes a comprehensive pedagogical approach which includes technical, musical, historical, and theoretical study of the clarinet and its repertoire. His innovative method of instruction blends contemporary techniques and traditional pedagogical concepts to help his students develop into well-rounded artists. Students are challenged to make informed musical decisions by incorporating historical research and theoretical analysis of pieces/composers. Zack crafts an individualized curriculum which includes scales, etudes, orchestral excerpts, solo/chamber repertoire, extended techniques, posture/relaxation, breathing, and reed break-in/adjustment.
Zack earned an Artist Diploma in clarinet performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. His principal clarinet instructors include Leigh Wakefield, Caroline A. Hartig, and Margaret Donaghue. Additionally, Zachary has performed in masterclasses with renowned clarinetists including Ricardo Morales, Richard Stoltzman, and Franklin Cohen among others.