2018 American Prize finalist Zach Gulaboff Davis is a composer whose aim is to write music that is enjoyable and meaningful for audiences and performers alike. Zach’s compositions have been performed across the globe at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Bulgaria’s National Palace of Culture, Norway’s Arctic Cathedral, the International Trumpet Guild, and at schools of music and conservatories throughout the country. Zach holds a B.A. in piano performance and composition/theory, summa cum laude, from Linfield College, Oregon, and a M.M. in composition from Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is currently a doctoral student in composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, studying under Pulitzer prizewinning composer Kevin Puts.