Tenor Zachary Colby has enjoyed performing in a diverse genre including opera, oratorio, solo recital, choral and theatre. Zachary currently sings with Cantus, an eight-member men's vocal chamber ensemble based in the Twin Cities. He has sung with the South Dakota Chorale, Minnesota Chorale, and Minnesota Opera Chorus. He has been featured as a soloist with Skylark Opera, National Lutheran Choir, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Macalester College Choirs.
Through his work with Cantus, he has performed nationally in venues including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chataqua Institute, and Wolftrap. International highlights include Clásica Medellín Cultural and the Luis Ángle Arango Library's Recital Hall in Bogotá, Colombia, The Daegu and Busan Choral Festivals in South Korea, The National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and a major tour in China, including the Shenzhen Concert Hall and the Tianjin Grand Auditorium. He also has appeared on local and national media outlets in programs with American Public Media and A Prairie Home Companion.
As a champion of new music, Zachary has premiered pieces by Gabriel Kahane, Libby Larsen, David Lang, Ysaye Barnwell, Rosephanye Powell, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Caracciolo, Roger Treece, Jeff Beal, and Joseph Gregorio. He also has participated in several workshops of a new production of Romeo and Juliet, partnering with the Guthrie Theatre and Libby Larsen, as well as an operatic workshop of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's Sister Carrie. Zachary currently serves on the Artistic Council in charge of production. He has also served as Access Coordinator, providing underserved populations access to Cantus's music making and was the artistic lead on a project called Would You Harbor Me? featuring stories of people experiencing homelessness, crisis, and poverty.
Zachary grew up in Crown Point, Indiana and earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his masters and doctorate in performance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. His most recent solo recital performance involved original research at the Immigration History Archives at the University of Minnesota in Estonian solo music as the Gustav and Hildegard Must Fellow in Estonian-American Studies.
Zachary teaches voice at Eagan High School in Eagan, Minnesota and maintains a studio of private students. He has also enjoyed teaching vocal and operatic literature classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as volunteering for the organization in choosing their student scholars.