From Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Zach comes from a musical family. He discovered the theatre pipe organ at age five, when his family happened to visit Organ Piper Pizza in Greenfield, Wisconsin. At that time, the Organ Piper’s Featured Organist was Dave Wickerham, who was highly influential in Zach’s interest in the instrument. Zach was the first recipient of the George Wright Memorial Fellowship from the American Theatre Organ Society in 2003, allowing him to attend their annual convention that year. In early 2011, Zach was fortunate to become the Organ Piper’s Featured Organist, where he entertains nightly at the three-manual, thirty-rank theatre pipe organ.
Zach has a degree in Recording Technology from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been privileged to work on several recording projects as an engineer, most recently, Jelani Eddington’s CD, “Get Happy”, recorded at John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Equally at home behind the console as in front of it, Zach is also an experienced pipe organ technician and maintains several instruments in Southeastern Wisconsin. Away from his profession, Zach and his wife Emily reside in East Troy, Wisconsin, where he is an active volunteer with the East Troy Railroad Museum. The museum works to preserve the rail heritage of Wisconsin and America and operates restored streetcars and electric interurban equipment on 7.5 miles of original interurban right-of-way.