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Dr. Zelnick

Dr. Zelnick is an outstanding teacher who motivates her students to reach beyond their full potential. She is truly an amazing musician and mentor and I owe much of my success as a musician to her.

            -Kirby Brayman

Taking lessons from Dr. Zelnick was a great learning experience for me. She explains advanced techniques and complex musical ideas in simple and accurate ways that are easy to grasp. Her passion for creating beautiful music through clarinet is clearly shown through her own playing, and is contagious to her students.

       -Puyin Bai

She is an engaged and caring teacher who has helped support me in my career, even after graduating from her studio! Her methods of improving fundamentals are still things I practice today and apply in my own teaching.

                            -Dr. Madelyn Moore

Dr. Zelnick has taught some of the brightest talents in music and her students go on to work in orchestras, universities, and other musical positions around the world.  Recipient of the University of Kansas School of Music Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, she has taught masterclasses on four continents and at numerous international festivals. 

Dr. Zelnick is available for lessons, masterclasses, seminars, coaching, and audition             preparation at all levels, either virtually or in person. You can reach her at or

The modern day super-woman! Her effortless talents are apparent in her performances and teaching. I loved working with Dr. Zelnick because of her passion for the arts and her engaging personality.

     -Dr. Tyler Goudlock

Working with Dr. Zelnick for three years was very engaging and refreshing. She always had interesting ideas on how to improve what I was playing and reminded me that the difficulty of the music should never affect our fundamentals. Dr. Zelnick inspired me to be aware of the quality of my sound, to have perfectly clear articulation and correct rhythm, no matter what style of music we are playing.

   -Dr. Petar Smilev

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From teaching masterclasses at renowned institutions such as Yale, Juilliard, and Eastman School of Music, to working with students in festivals around the world, Dr. Zelnick's teaching combines attention to detail with positivity and a commitment to student success.

If your group needs new perspectives on chamber music or you need work with your application and audition materials, Dr. Zelnick has 30 years of experience helping musicians shape their careers.

Combining an individual approach with attention to detail, private lessons can quickly pinpoint and address strengths and weaknesses. 

Student Links

Dr. Zelnick is proud of ALL of the people that work with her, not just the ones listed here. Enjoy examples of what some of her former and current students are doing now. 




Dr. Madelyn Moore

 Appointed as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at New Mexico State University and clarinetist in the El Paso and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestras. Buffet Crampon Artist.


Dr. Hilary Lowery

Appointed to the clarinet faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Richard Adger

Selected as a Morse Postgraduate Fellow at the Yale School of Music and Education Associate with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Dr. Chris Nichols

Promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. President Elect of the International Clarinet Association.

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Dr. Jeremy Wohletz

 Promoted to Associate Professor of Woodwinds and Chair of the Department of Arts and Letters at Dickinson State University.

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Dr. Kaitlyn Neufeld

Appointed as lecturer at Dallas College.

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Katie Varadi

Selected into the Liszt Academy in Hungary. Performed with the Hungarian National Opera.

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Dr. Petar Smilev

Appointed as clarinetist in the Salina Symphony and winner of the KU Symphony Concerto Competition.

Dr. Stacia Fortune

Appointed as Assistant Professor at Kansas Wesleyan University.

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Dr. Larkin Sanders

Appointed as lecturer at Washburn University and William Jewell College.. Selmer Paris Artist.

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David Perry

Appointed Lecturer of Clarinet at Washington and Lee University.

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Wesley Rhodes

Selected to present at the ICA ClarinetFest, Dublin, Ireland.

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Richard Galbreath

Faculty at Mid America Nazarene University and MWSU.

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Brendan Fairleigh

Appointed E-flat Clarinet of the Dallas Winds.

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Dr. Tyler Goudlock

Appointed 8th US Army/US Forces Korea.


Haiwen Xu

Performed at Carnegie Hall as winner of Concert Artists International Competition.

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Erin Douglas Voellinger

Principal Clarinet of Ballet West, adjunct faculty at University of Utah.

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Eric Umble

Performed with the New York Philharmonic and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Dr. Gary Fair

Appointed Clarinet Faculty at Trinity University and San Antonio College.

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Dr. Johnson Machado

Appointed clarinet professor at Universidade Federal de Goias.

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Michael Gersten

Appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Frederick College.

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Dr. Emily Rossin

Appointed Associated Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas.

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Dr. Cosmin Harsian

Appointed Clarinet Professor at the University of the West, Romania.

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Dr. Justin Harbaugh

Appointed Instructor at University of Kansas.

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Mickayla Chapman

Became clarinetist of the Vanguard Reed Quintet.

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Dr. Zelnick is an outstanding educator and musician whose passion for music is contagious. What truly sets her apart is her genuine care and dedication to her students's academic and personal growth. She embodies the perfect blend of professionalism and warmth, making her a true mentor that everyone she works with deeply admires and respects. I am extremely fortunate to have studied with Dr. Zelnick and have her in my corner!

-Dr. Kaitlyn Neufeld

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