Esther Morey is the vision, the momentum, and the very heart behind Coda. Her contagious love and passion for serving children and providing a bright future for the new generation of youth has inspired not just the founding of Coda Mountain Academy but many other organizations and the strengthening of countless individuals towards the same goal. Everything from her smile, to her gentleness, even to the frequent bottle of kombucha or carrot juice in her hand, exudes an atmosphere so often absent from our educational system today – one of love, acceptance, and joy.
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Summer Music Staff
Associate Director, Composition Faculty, & Orchestra Director
Zack Stanton is a composer and conductor from Conway, Arkansas. He has written for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and chamber ensembles of various sizes, and his work has been increasingly performed throughout the United States, as well as Ireland and South Korea.
Recent commissions have come from Benjamin Coelho (bassoon), Jesse Cook (trumpet), Anne-Marie Cherry (horn), the University of Georgia Midfest Band Festival, the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble, and line upon line percussion. Pianist Paul Barnes recorded Zack’s Scenic Route for his album entitled New Generations. Two forthcoming albums (2018) on the MSR Classics label will feature Zack’s chamber music. His Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble received Honorable Mention in the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Competition. Zack’s orchestral works have been performed by the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, who premiered the orchestral version of Triple Venti Latté under music director Peter Bay.
Active as a performer, Zack served as a pianist and conductor for the University of Texas New Music Ensemble and for four years acted as the Assistant Director of the group. Currently, he assists with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa.
Zack received his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Lecturer of Composition and Theory at the University of Iowa. Prior to his appointment at the University of Iowa, Zack taught at Belmont University and the University of Texas at Austin.