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Zack Durlam

Associate Professor, Choral Conducting

Director, Choral Activities


DMA, Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
MM, University of Iowa
BM, Luther College


As Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dr. Zachary Durlam leads multiple choirs and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature.  He previously taught at Fresno Pacific University where his Concert Choir performed at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Conference and he was awarded the university’s 2013 Faculty Distinguished Service Award.  Prior to that, Durlam taught high school vocal music for twelve years – including nine at Iowa City West High where his Chamber Choir was chosen to perform at the 2006 North Central American Choral Directors Association (NCACDA) convention and the music department was one of seven programs in the nation named a Gold Signature School by the Grammy Foundation.  Durlam received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College, master’s from the University of Iowa, and doctorate from Michigan State University.  He frequently works as a guest conductor and clinician, including recent appearances conducting choral festivals in California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, and presentations at the NCACDA, WCDA, WMEA, ILMEA, and CMEA conferences.  The UWM Concert Chorale under his direction performed with the Rolling Stones at Milwaukee’s 2015 Summerfest, and they were chosen by audition to perform at the 2016 Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and 2017 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) conferences.  Durlam was previously the Men’s Choirs Repertoire & Standards Chair for the Iowa Choral Directors Association and currently serves as editor of the WCDA state newsletter The Voice of WCDA.  His research on Handel and Mendelssohn is published in the Choral Journal.