A 2006 graduate of Peru High School and the 2006 Cole Porter Scholarship recipient, Zak recently graduated from Butler University where he studied music education. He was named one of the top 10 men at Butler University. Zak has played the piano since 1995. He began lessons with Mrs. Nancy Spahr. Zak studied piano with Mrs. Jenny Mobley and trombone with Mr. Jared Rodin at Butler University where he was a member of the Butler University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Basketball Band. Zak is currently teaching music for Franklin Township Community Schools, and leads the Peru Community Orchestra. Zak has enjoyed playing at the Cole Porter Festival for several years and is looking forward to performing again this year.
Charles Troy’s multimedia presentations tell the backgrounds of the greatest musicals and Broadway songwriters of the 20th century, in visually seamless programs with original graphics, scanned photos, edited audio tracks with the lyrics displayed onscreen, and historic video clips, coordinated with thoroughly researched, scripted narratives that weave the pertinent events into cohesive, dramatic stories.
Troy is a graphic designer and former theatre lyricist based in Chicago. His multimedia presentations merge his skills and his passion for the subject. Over the last ten years, he has developed more than 50 presentations.
He has built up a large and enthusiastic following in Chicago and in Florida. This will be his eighth consecutive year presenting at the Cole Porter Festival.
Husband and wife team, Matt and Cynthia, met as music majors at Butler University in Indianapolis. Married in 1997, they started running their own performing business in 2005. Enjoy more of Matt and Cynthia by checking out their website.