Zachary Lyman

Director of the PLU Trumpet Ensemble

Zachary Lyman

Office Location:Mary Baker Russell Music Center - Room 113

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory
  • Theory I/II
  • Chair of Winds, Brass, and Percussion


  • 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 1 and Music Theory 2 Courses
  • Coaches Chamber Ensembles
  • Member of Lyric Brass Quintet


Applied Trumpet lessons, teaches Music Theory 1 and Music Theory 2 courses, 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,


  • Recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship


Zachary Lyman is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington where he teaches classroom music, directs the trumpet ensemble, coaches chamber music, and performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet. 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. 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, Boston Philharmonic, Cedar Rapids, and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed as featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, PLU Wind Ensemble, PLU Orchestra, PLU Chorale, and the Choir of the West, and 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 a faculty member at the summer Evergreen Music Festival.

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.

Zach lives in Tacoma with his wife, Anne, and his extremely energetic eight-year-old son Milo and four-year-old daughter Eleanor. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and being a disgruntled Red Sox fan.