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April 24, 2006

Novak, Zachary Joseph Daniel

Zachary Joseph Daniel Novak

Sept. 17, 1980 - April 20, 2006

Zachary Joseph Daniel Novak, 25, of Anderson, died April 20, 2006, when a plane he was in went down in Bloomington. He left this world to be with the Lord who called him home much too soon.

He was born Sept. 17, 1980, in Anderson and attended Highland High School graduating in 1999. He went on to Anderson University and received a bachelor’s degree in 2004, graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors in music. Zach received Anderson University music department Voice Performance Award and won the Senior Men category and State National Association of Teachers of Singing Awards. He was due to graduate in early May with a master of music degree in choral conducting with a minor in voice from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Zachary had a passion for music that warmed the souls of all who heard him sing or perform. Zach shared that passion with everyone, and we were all blessed to receive his gift. He began his passion at the age of three when he asked for a piano and started playing at the age of five with Mona Jackson as his instructor.

In high school Zach joined the Highland Singers under the direction of Deborah Andis and performed for three years. His outgoing personality was enriched at Highland that set the stage for his performance career. From Highland he attended Anderson University where he could be seen performing at Byrum Hall in musicals. Zach was also a member of the Anderson University Chorale and traveled to Europe twice to perform with the group. He studied under Dr. Richard Sowers who was his mentor. Fritz Robertson also fostered Zachary’s vocal talents.

During his years at Indiana University he studied under the direction of Dr. William Gray, professor of chorale conducting and was instrumental in Zach’s participation in the Lafayette & Carmel Bach Chorale. The Jacobs School of Music at IU continued to foster and enrich his gift of music. Numerous teachers, professors, and ministers had a positive influence on Zach throughout his life.

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