A native of New Jersey, Alexandra Zacharella is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Low Brass at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Zacharella holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in trombone performance from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, with minors in conducting, music education and jazz studies; a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Education from The University of Hartford, The Hartt School.
Zacharella is an active low brass and wind ensemble clinician and has presented clinics and masterclasses in South Korea, Hong Kong, California, Michigan, Georgia, Arkansas, and Oklahoma to name a few. She presented at the 70th and 65th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois and gave the plenary paper for the keynote performance of world-renowned trombonist and Conn-Selmer Artist Christian Lindberg, at the International Conference of the College Music Society in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015. She has performed at International Trombone Festivals in Spain, France, New York, Georgia, Texas and Las Vegas. Zacharella has given numerous presentations, poster sessions and performances at the International Conference of the College Music Society in Argentina and South Korea, at National and Regional CMS Conferences throughout the United States, at the Arkansas Music Educators Conference and the Arkansas Bandmasters Convention.
Zacharella performs on a Bach Stradivarius 36, 42AF and a 50A3L. Zacharella is a Signature Artist for Warburton Music Products and performs on her signature model mouthpiece the Z1.