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As a college professor and private instructor with over 25 years of experience, I have taught some of the brightest talents in music. My graduates have gone on to their own positions in orchestras, universities, schools, and other settings around the world. I have had the pleasure of teaching masterclasses on four continents and at numerous international festivals. 


I am proud of all of the accomplishments of my students. Here are some recent highlights.

Dr. Chris Nichols, KU doctoral graduate, was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Delaware.


Dr. Hilary Lowery was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Single Reeds at Bemidji State University.

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Richard Adger, KU clarinet alumni, was selected as a 2020–2021 Morse Postgraduate Fellow in the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative.

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Dr. Madelyn Moore, KU doctoral alumni became the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at New Mexico State University.

Petar Smilev, doctoral candidate from Macedonia, won the University of Kansas concerto competition with the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto.


Dr. Jeremy Wohletz was promoted to Associate Professor of Woodwinds and Chair of the Department of Arts and Letters at Dickinson State University.


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Combining a high level of historically based performance practice, contemporary techniques, personal expression, and adherence to solid fundamentals, I feel that pedagogy should instill confidence in students. 


Feel free to contact me for more information or an online lesson at zelnick@ku.edu or stephaniezelnick@yahoo.com.

You can also reach me at University of Kansas, AdZel Virtual Clarinet Day, or Play With a Pro.