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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Gregory Zavracky

Instructor of Voice

gregory.zavracky@uconn.edu
860-486-4781

D.M.A., Boston University
M.M., New England Conservatory
M.M., New England Conservatory
B.A., Emory University

Praised for his fine musicality, “glowing intensity,” and “clarion tone,” Gregory Zavracky maintains an active performance schedule on concert and opera stages alike. Recent engagements include the Officer in The Barber of Seville with Boston Lyric Opera, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera, Tamino in Boston Lyric Opera’s family production of The Magic Flute, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost with Lake George Opera, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Camille in The Merry Widow with Cape Cod Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights in Houston, Lechmere in Owen Wingrave with Boston University Opera Institute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Metrowest Opera, Face on the Barroom Floor with Charleston Chamber Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera, and Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress and Schmidt in Werther with Chautauqua Opera.

Gregory has recently sung in the world premieres of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater, the Five Borough Songbook with Five Boroughs Music Festival, David Wolfson’s Faith Operas with Hartford Opera Theater, Steven Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem with the University of Connecticut OrchestraKetty Nez’s The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia with the Xanthos Ensemble, James Yannatos’ Rocket’s Red Blare with Intermezzo Opera, and Three American Songs by Anthony DeRitis.

A 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Encouragement Award recipient, a 2010 Liederkranz Competition finalist in the art song divison, and a 2011 finalist in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Gregory’s concert experience includes opera and pops concerts with both the Chautauqua and Utah Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Vespers with the Providence Singers, Schubert’s Mass in G with Coro Allegro; Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurea Ensemble; the Bach Magnificat and Cantata 191 with Back Bay Chorale, Janácek’s Otcenás and Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività with Chorus Pro Musica, Carmina Burana with Masterworks Chorale; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Creation with Nashoba Valley Chorale; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Quincy Choral Society, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Connecticut Virtuosi.

In addition to his teaching duties at UConn, Gregory is a member of the voice faculty at Brown University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His BUTI students have gone on to study at some of the most distinguished music schools in the country, including Juilliard, Curtis, USC, CCM, Peabody, Mannes College, Northwestern University, Boston University, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Ithaca College.

An award-winning composer of art song, opera and choral music, Gregory is a two-time finalist for the NATS Art Song Composition Award for his song cycles Slabs of the Sunburnt West and Sea Garden. His music has been premiered on the Calliope’s Call, Music of Norway Pond, and Highland Center for the Arts concert series; at Smith College, Virginia Tech, and Boston University; and by the Cambridge Chamber Singers.

Gregory received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. Previous degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in music from Emory University, followed by two Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory in voice performance and opera studies as a student of Edward Zambara. For more information about Gregory, including audio and video files, please visit www.gregoryzavracky.com.