Zachary Novak began his enthusiasm for music at a young age, playing piano and organ, singing, and conducting. He put his talents to use as a musician for several churches throughout high school and college. Zachary was known for his sharp intellect, exceptional work ethic, and dazzling smile. He had a deep passion for music which he expressed through his conducting and vibrant tenor voice. His thirst for knowledge and a compelling desire for excellence were clearly evident by the way Zachary lived his life.
Novak graduated summa cum laude from Anderson University in 2004, with honors in music. In 2003, Zachary received Anderson University music department’s Voice Performance Award, the Theodore Presser Award, and won the senior men’s category at the State National Association of Teacher’s Singing Award, along with many other accolades. After graduating from AU, Zachary performed professionally as the featured soloist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Chorale Singers in Lafayette, Indiana, the Carmel Bach Festival in California, as well as other various venues. He went on to receive his Master’s degree in choral conducting with a minor in voice from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.
Late Thursday night April 20th, 2006, Zachary, along with four other IU students, died in a plane crash on their way back to Bloomington from a Bach Chorale rehearsal in Lafayette, Indiana. Those friends were Garth Epply (MM Voice at IU), born 7 February 1981, who also attended Anderson University with Zachary, Chris Carducci (MM Voice at IU) born 18 April 1978, Georgina Joshi (MM Voice at IU), born 21 October 1981, and Robert Samels (DM Choral Conducting at IU), born 2 June 1981- All five musicians were known for their passion for life and music. All are deeply missed, but their memory and music live on.