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ZACHARY CATRON is a New York-based composer, lyricist, and performer who bridges the gap between new opera and musical theatre. Catron received his first commission in 2016 from the Rovaco Dance Company as a part of their 7:1 series for which he wrote the chamber ballet Training in Love. Since then, he has premiered numerous works in New York City including the chamber pieces What Do You See Through the Fog? (2018), the kiss that i wish was my first kiss (2018), and For Mills and the Rest (2017).

His most recent accomplishment is completing The Battle, Not the War: A New Musical about gay men and women in the U.S. Army during World War II, for which he wrote the music, lyrics, and book. The Battle, Not the War received its first professional production at Feinstein’s/54 Below in early June, 2019 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

As a classically-trained pianist and violinist, Catron plays regularly for Brooklyn Youth Chorus and freelances throughout the city. He has studied music direction with Leslie Stifelman (prev. Chicago B’way) and Michael Repper (NYYS), and has performed at The Green Room 42, The New School for Drama, and Carnegie Hall. He has music directed songs for the Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop at NYMF (2018) and his own incidental music for Twelfth Night (2015) and Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation (2019).

Catron has won numerous awards including an ASCAP Scholarship, two awards from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), two grand prize composition awards from the Harmonium Choral Society, and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. He is a 2017 Honorable Mention Winner from the National YoungArts Foundation, and an Elaine Ehlers Scholarship Winner from the Morris Arts Foundation. These awards have led to premieres at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN; The Green Room 42 in NY; Providence, RI and elsewhere.

As an actor, Catron has trained at the Circle in the Square Theatre School and The New School for Drama. Recent credits include Street Scene (Vincent Jones; Mannes Opera), Cabaret (Hans; The New School for Drama); Fallout (self; Mannes School of Music), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted; Chester Theatre Group).

Catron currently studies composition at Mannes School of Music, The New School with Missy Mazzoli (Breaking the Waves) and David T. Little (Dog Days). He is a member of ASCAP.

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ZACHARY CATRON is a New York-based composer, lyricist, and performer who bridges the gap between new opera and musical theatre. Catron received his first commission in 2016 from the Rovaco Dance Company as a part of their 7:1 series for which he wrote the chamber ballet Training in Love. Since then, he has premiered numerous works in New York City including the chamber piece What Do You See Through the Fog? (2018) and the full-length musical, The Battle, Not the War. The Battle, Not the War received its first professional production at Feinstein’s/54 Below in early June, 2019 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

As a classically-trained pianist and violinist, Catron plays regularly for Brooklyn Youth Chorus and freelances throughout the city. He has music directed songs for the Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop at NYMF (2018) and his own incidental music for Twelfth Night (2015) and Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation (2019). Catron currently studies composition at Mannes School of Music, The New School with Missy Mazzoli (Breaking the Waves) and David T. Little (Dog Days). He is a member of ASCAP.

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