On July 1, 2018, Sewanee welcomed Zachary Zwahlen, the new assistant university organist.
Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Zachary Zwahlen is the second of seven children. He began piano lessons at the age of five and organ lessons at age 12. During his teens, Zwahlen became very involved in musical events – performing and accompanying musical selections for church services, accompanying high school and church choirs, and playing piano in pit orchestras for musical theater productions. Zwahlen was homeschooled during middle and high school, graduating at the age of 15. He then attended the Community College of Southern Nevada, earning an AA degree in piano, following which he earned a bachelor's degree and a MM in Organ from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, studying with Dr. Douglas Bush. Since 2013, Zwahlen has been enrolled in the doctoral program in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he has studied with Nathan Laube and currently studies with David Higgs. Zwahlen has received the Gerald Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ (2014) and the Dr. James B. Cochran Organ Prize (2017), and in 2016 he was a finalist in the AGO National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.