Zachary Friedland earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition from The Ohio State University in 2018. Before Ohio State, Zach attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music composition in 2013. He earned a Master’s degree at The Longy School of Music of Bard College, in 2015.

During his time at Ohio State, Zach worked closely with the band program, writing for the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds, and Jazz Band, as well as arranging for The Ohio Show Band and Music Education program’s Brazilian Experience. Zach has worked with notable groups including The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, The Stateline Wind Symphony, The Savannah River Winds, and the Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma 2016 Northeast District Reading Band, for which he was also a conductor and clinician. Zach has also written solo and chamber works for The Anacostia String Quartet, pianist Natalie Zhu, tubist Gary Buttery, vocalist Ketti Jane Muschler, and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. Additionally, Zach's scholarly work has appeared in publications such as The Instrumentalist and The Podium.   

A strong advocate for new music and young/emerging composers, Zach founded the Rhode Island Recording Ensemble (RIRE), which he runs with fellow Rhode Island composer and band director Michael Konnerth. RIRE is a weekend festival, held each June at the University of Rhode Island, dedicated to its mission of promoting the art of new music, fostering the creation of music for the symphonic band genre, giving opportunity to young composers to learn and grow through practical experience, and enriching the community of their profession through the collaborative recording experience. 
Composition teachers include Thomas Wells, John Howell Morrison, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Geoffery Gibbs, Eliane Aberdam, Dominique Schafer, and Grammy-nominated composer Joe Parillo. Zach has also studied conducting with Russel C. Mikkelson, Geoffrey McDonald, Gene Pollart, and Mark Conley.