Zac Stewart is studying for an M.Phil. under the supervision of Dr. Ceri Owen and Professor Nicholas Marston. His dissertation is entitled “‘The Map Incognita’: Journeys in Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and Sinfonia Antartica.” He is funded by a Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship, and is a member of Emmanuel College.
Before coming to Cambridge, Zac earned his B.A. at Williams College (Massachusetts), where he was awarded the Shirley Stanton Prize in Music, elected into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude. He was further awarded Highest Honors in Music for his undergraduate thesis entitled “‘Wings Too Wide’: The Choral Symphony in the Nineteenth Century,” written under the supervision of Professor Marjorie Hirsch. Zac spent his third year studying as a visiting undergraduate at Oxford University under the auspices of the Williams-Exeter Programme, beginning his study with Dr. Owen.
Zac’s interests are broad. Although he works mostly with nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, he has pursued his interests in music interpretation and text-music relationships in every era. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about historical organology, early music notation, and aesthetics and the philosophy of music, and particularly enjoys thinking about timbre. He has, at various times, transcribed a Kyrie by Josquin, lectured on The Beatles’ Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, curated a collection of historical instruments, directed a clarinet quartet, and performed Mozart on a contrabass clarinet and Scott Joplin on a carillon.