Zachary Dierickx is a freelance clarinetist and educator currently based in Miami, Florida where he lives with his wife, flutist Emily (Bedard) Dierickx. In addition to maintaining a private clarinet studio, he is a Woodwind Teaching Artist with the Miami Music Project and a Woodwind Clinician for Westminster Christian School and Scheck Hillel Community School. Zack is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in clarinet performance from the Frost School of Music as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow.
Before moving to Miami, Zack frequently performed with symphony and opera orchestras throughout Central Ohio and Northern Minnesota. In 2016, he was a semi-finalist in the International Clarinet Association 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 his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University. At OSU, he was the Graduate Teaching Associate for the clarinet studio where he taught weekly private lessons to undergraduate students, lead monthly studio classes, and coached chamber ensembles. 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.