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Zachary Catron (he/him) is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer who bridges the gap between new opera and musical theatre. New York City premieres include: the ballet Training in Love (Rovaco Dance Company), the string quartet Lessons Learned (JACK Quartet), Growing Pains (commissioned by clarinetist Francesca Gray), incidental music for Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation (The New School for Drama), the chamber opera Tin Man (NYU/AOP Opera Lab), and the full-length musical The Battle, Not the War. The Battle, Not the War received its concert premiere at 54 Below in June 2019 as part of NYC WorldPride, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Catron received his off-off- and off-Broadway songwriting debuts in the Spring of 2022 with WAR STORIES at The Tank NYC, and Village Songs at the Rattlestick Theater (in collaboration with the Tenement Museum). He has recently composed for film and TV, including the indie film La Dame de Monte-Carlo (Arthouse Film Festival 2021 Official Selection) and an unannounced animation pilot. Catron was accepted into the 2023 NYU Tisch/American Opera Projects Advanced Opera Lab, for which he is composing a 30-minute opera to be performed this coming spring.
A composer of many styles, Catron released his first J-pop single, “Tokimeki (Heart Pounding)”, as part of the East-Meets-West project, with lyrics by Momo Akashi and vocals by Joo Won Shin (“Squid Game”). As a collaborative pianist with a passion for choral music and arts education, Catron often plays for youth choruses throughout NYC. He recently left his role as a substitute and staff pianist for Brooklyn Youth Chorus, where he was playing since 2017. He currently works at Roundabout Theatre Company, fundraising for their education programs.

In May 2022, Catron received his M.F.A. from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of ASCAP.