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  • Zachary Nicely

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    Zachary Nicely

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    Zach Nicely is stamping his name in the Classical Music industry as “the video game music conductor.” He is frequently called as a guest conductor and game music lecturer by ensembles, universities, and high schools across the country. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Press Start, a New York orchestra dedicated to programming video game music in conjunction with classical favorites. The organization’s mission is to build a new audience for the symphony from the gaming community while elevating game music to orchestral canon. His essay “Video Game Music: A Connection Beyond the Controller” was published in the Lexia Undergraduate Journal in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication by the first unanimous vote of the journal’s editorial committee.  

    At home with both multimedia and scores born for the stage, Zach currently serves as Assistant Conductor with the Litha Symphony Orchestra in New York City. He directed music for Killer Queen Opera’s digital performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and has performed as part of the Orchestra Conducting Symposium at University of Colorado Boulder.   

    Zach toured with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra in 2018-2019 while hosting a series of masterwork readings for the public outside of his formal concert schedule. While in Michigan, he organized and conducted an interactive rehearsal and concert, The Smash Experiment, featuring an orchestra playing video game scores in real time as audiences played the games themselves. Zach was awarded Western Michigan University’s Signature Designation in Leadership for this performance.


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