Ph.D and M.A. in Music Composition from UCLA
B.M. Music Composition from University of Redlands
A.A. in Liberal Arts from Crafton Hills College
Zach Neufeld is a composer of a diverse range of work, including choral, orchestral, chamber, and electronic music. He is equally active as a pianist, organist, teacher, and conductor, and is in demand as a collaborative pianist for singers. Recent performances include selections from Winterreise with tenor Thomas Segen for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Inside the Music series at Disney Hall, the piano-four-hands arrangement of Barber of Seville with Pacific Opera Project, and masterclasses with Susan Graham, John Bucchino, and Speranza Scappucci. Zach’s recent work, Let All Things Know Peace for a cappella choir, was premiered by the LA chamber choir Inspiravi as part of their emerging composers series. Zach was also a featured composer at the 2015 Cal State LA choral composers workshop. Other recent performances include Variations on a theme of Beethoven for solo piano, written for the DMA recital of Hojoon Kim, and Passacaglia for horn and piano, commissioned by Olivier Huebscher for his DMA recital at Indiana University.
He has a particular affinity for music for the voice. Two recently completed projects include a setting of the Anglican Preces and Responses for the Redlands, CA based Ensemble XXI, and an arrangement of Fleetwood Mac's Landslide for the choirs at Northern Michigan University.
Zach teaches music theory at Moreno Valley College, Music Technology at Mt. St. Mary’s University, and has taught musicianship, theory, keyboard skills, and teaching techniques at UCLA. He has a specific interest in teaching music from a diverse stylistic perspective, and in 2014 assisted in the design of a pilot course at UCLA, the aim of which was viewing music theory through the lenses of jazz, Western Art Music, pop, rock, and world cultures.
Zach is Cathedral Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, where he provides music for parish and diocesan services, and accompanies the Cathedral Choir. He is also a pianist for the opera department at UCLA and the choral and musical theater program at the Windward School.
He is equally at home in a jazz setting as in an opera masterclass or church service, and regularly plays with jazz and pop combos in the Southern California area, including the Zach Neufeld Trio. He is active as a bass chorister, and has performed with the professional groups Redlands Choral Artists and Inspiravi, and others such as the UCLA Early Music Ensemble and Ensemble XXI. In 2016, he made his stage debut in the chorus for UCLA Opera's production of Massenet's Cendrillon.
Zach earned a Ph.D and M.A. in Music Composition from UCLA, and a B.M. from the University of Redlands.
Upcoming projects include a collection of organ voluntaries and a song cycle for soprano and piano.