Zachary Ricker started his musical career as an infant through the Children's Music Studio program, a branch of Jamestown's Community Music Project. He completed the program and began taking piano lessons with Gail Grundstrom at the age of 6. After ten years with Gail, He studied with Ron McEntire from September 2012 to August 2015.
Zachary has given dozens of small solo performances in the Jamestown area at convocations, luncheons, salons, receptions, and other independent music programs. He gave a senior recital in May 2015 before his high school graduation. Beyond solo piano, he participated in multiple ensembles at Infinity Performing Arts, including GAHU, an African drum / funk fusion ensemble, and Collective Groove, an ensemble featuring steel drums and grounded in calypso music. He was a member of Jamestown High School's A Cappella Choir for two years as a baritone singer and piano accompanist, and he was a mallet percussionist and keyboardist in JHS's Marching and Concert Bands for four years. Zachary worked with JHS's all-school musical productions as rehearsal pianist and pit orchestra pianist. He was a member of Community Music Project's Chautauqua Chamber Singers as a vocalist, rehearsal pianist, and concert accompanist.
Zachary is currently a junior piano performance and mathematics double major at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. He studies piano with Dr Robert Mayerovitch and has previously studied harpsichord with Dr Nicole Keller. He has held the positions of rehearsal and concert accompanist for the Baldwin Wallace Community Music School's Women's Chorus since the fall of 2016. He is also employed by Fairview High School as rehearsal pianist and pit orchestra pianist for their all-school musical productions. Zachary performs frequently as a solo keyboardist, in chamber ensembles, and with vocalists. He actively serves as an accompanist for BW vocal students and has been a member of various chamber ensembles since the spring of 2017. In October 2017, Zachary performed a full-length junior recital, featuring works of Scriabin, Messiaen, Chopin, and others. He will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance, and he hopes to continue on to graduate school.