Zachary Van Houten grew up as a classically-trained pianist from Provo, Utah. Present-day Zachary is a composer and French horn player that received a DMA in Music Composition, with a minor in Horn performance from the University of Arizona, studying with composer Daniel Asia. He has a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Brigham Young University where he worked with Steven Ricks, Christian Asplund, Neil Thornock, and Michael Hicks. In 2018, Zachary was the Daveen Fox Composer-in-Residence at the University of Arizona where his piece Chamber Symphony for 13 Players and Electronics was commissioned and premiered. He has traveled to many places throughout the world as a composer, performer and student. In 2016, he participated in a series of masterclasses in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic horn section. In 2012, he was part of a music-intensive study abroad in Vienna. He has also performed in Japan, South Korea, Austria, Germany, and Italy.