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Zachary H. Millwood

Lecturer of Bassoon
Hired: 2016
Non-tenure track

University of Tennessee
School of Music
205 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-7087

Bachelor’s of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cum Laude, 2005

A product of the East Tennessee music culture, Zach Millwood studied bassoon with Keith McClelland and flute with Dr. Shelley Binder. After All-State and full-tuition scholarships to attend college, he obtained his Bachelor’s in Music (cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2005, studying bassoon with William Winstead. He has been performing professionally on bassoon, oboe, flute, and pennywhistle since 1998.

Through many masterclasses, the Eastern Music Festival and Orvieto Musica, Mr. Millwood has studied reedmaking and/or performance with many of the world’s foremost double reed and musical artists, including William Winstead, Louis Moyse, Kim Walker, Eric Barr, D. Keith McClelland, Michael Dicker, Charles Ullery, Cedric Coleman, Phillip Kolker, and Chris Weait.

After CCM, he relocated to Dallas/Fort Worth to jointly teach oboe, bassoon, and flute in the local public school systems and sing with the world-famous Vocal Majority chorus. Barbershop music is among his favorite things! In 2012, returning to Knoxville brought the creation of his reed business, Tiger Reeds, and he began performing with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Mountains, as well as substitute performing with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra. In 2016 he began teaching the oboe/bassoon section of Woodwind Methods at the University of Tennessee and in 2019 he became the Acting 2nd bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

But most of all, he delights in learning new skills, priding himself as “the Zach of all trades.” Between building furniture, tearing down and rebuilding automotive parts, and helping with veterinary surgical procedures, he tries to keep his gray matter fresh. Life is short!

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