Zachary Lyman

Professor of Music - Trumpet; Chair of Winds and Brass

Office Location:Mary Baker Russell Music Center - Room 113

Office Hours: (In Office) Mon - Fri: By Appointment

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Director of the PLU Trumpet Ensemble
  • Music Theory and Analysis II and III


  • D.M.A., Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy, The University of Iowa, 2007
  • M.M. with Honors and Distinction in Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 1999
  • B.M. with Honors, The College of Wooster, 1997

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Applied Trumpet Lessons
  • Teaches Music Theory and Analysis II and III
  • Coaches Chamber Ensembles
  • Member of Lyric Brass Quintet


Applied Trumpet lessons, teaches Music Theory and Analysis II and III, coaches Chamber Ensembles, director of the PLU Trumpet Ensemble, member of Lyric Brass Quintet


  • Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet (Keveli Music

Selected Articles

  • "Learning from the Best." International Trumpet Guild Journal 06/2013:
  • "Tales from the Crypt: Recovering from Severe Embouchure Injury." International Trumpet Guild Journal 10/2011:
  • "Completing Ives’s Universe Symphony: An Interview with Larry Austin." American Music Vol. 26, Number 48,
  • "Realizing Ives’s Universe Symphony: An Interview with Johnny Reinhard." American Music Vol. 28, Number 4,


  • 2017 recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching
  • Recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship


Zachary Lyman is Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), where he teaches classroom music, directs the trumpet ensemble, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet, and was the 2017 recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where he was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship, the highest award for graduate study. Dr. Lyman received the Bachelor of Music Degree with honors from the College of Wooster and the Master of Music degree with honors and distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

He is active as an orchestral, chamber, and solo performer and has performed with the New England Philharmonic, and the Boston Philharmonic, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras. Lyman has also performed as featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, PLU Wind Ensemble, PLU Symphony Orchestra, The University Chorale, Choir of the West, the Tacoma Community College Orchestra, and the Tacoma Brass Band.  He plays throughout the northwest as a member of the Seattle-based Mosaic Brass Quintet. He has appeared with the Vashon Opera and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras, at the Olympic Music Festival, and is the director of the Tacoma Young Chamber Players, the South Sound’s premier chamber music experience for young adults.

Dr. Lyman’s articles have been published by American Music and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His trumpet warm-up book Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet is published by Keveli Music. The Lyric Brass Quintet’s CD, American Music for Brass Quintet, is available from Emeritus Recordings. A second album, featuring the world-premiere recording of Luther: Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet by PLU Emeritus faculty member Dr. Jerry Kracht, will be released in October, 2018.  Dr. Lyman lives in Tacoma with his wife Anne, son Milo, and daughter Eleanor. In his spare time he enjoys trying to stay upright on his mountain bike, and being a disgruntled Red Sox fan.