Bret Zvacek


Bret Zvacek has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Gene Bertoncini, The Woody Herman Orchestra, and numerous other jazz artists.  Since September 2005, Bret has served as the Musical Director of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra (Syracuse), collaborating with artists including Phil Woods, Hubert Laws, Bobby Watson, Joe Locke, and others.

In 2011, Bret was commissioned to write a multi-movement work for jazz orchestra, “A White Horse From Jerusalem,” which featured NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as soloist. His 2001 quintet CD “DAY IN MAY” has been described as being “infused with creative energy” (Cadence Magazine, December 2002). He has written big band music for numerous professional and student ensembles, has written for orchestra, and has arranged/conducted horn & string tracks in various New York studios.

He has held teaching positions at University of North Texas, McGill University, and at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where he currently is Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies. Zvacek is a clinician and performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, and is a charter member of ONNY.