Zach Lyman

Dr. Zachary Lyman

Zachary Lyman is Associate 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. 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. His most influential teachers include Jack Gallagher, Charles Schlueter, and David Greenhoe.

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, and the Choir of the West, and plays throughout the northwest as a member of the Seattle-based Mosaic Brass Quintet. He is a regular performer with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Evergreen Music Festival. He also serves as 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. Dr. Lyman lives in Tacoma with his wife Anne and extremely energetic 8-year-old son Milo and mischievous 4-year-old daughter Eleanor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and being a disgruntled Red Sox fan.

Dr. Ed Castro

Dr. Ed Castro is a regular member of the Tacoma Opera, Lyric Brass Quintet, and the Mosaic Brass Quintet. Ed appears occasionally with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. He serves on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University and Northwest University. Ed received his bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He attended Yale University where he received his master’s degree. He received his doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Washington.

Ed Castro

Ed’s principal teachers include Chris Gekker (former member of the American Brass Quintet); Tom Smith (member of the New York Philharmonic); Alan Dean (trumpet professor at Yale University, member of Summit Brass, St. Louis Brass Quintet, and former member of the New York Brass Quintet); Stephen Hendrickson (principal trumpet of the National Symphony); and international recording artist Allen Vizzuti.