Teaching

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Work with
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

   Dr. Zelnick has taught some of the brightest talents in music and her graduates have gone on to work in orchestras, universities, and other positions around the world. Recipient of the 2021 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, coachings, and audition preparation at all levels, either virtually or in person. You can reach her at zelnick@ku.edu or stephaniezelnick@yahoo.com

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Masterclasses

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Coachings

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Lessons

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

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 her students shape their careers in music. 

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. 

Websites

Brendan Fairleigh
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Mickayla Chapman
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Dr. Gary Fair
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Dr. Mike Gersten
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Eric Umble
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Monica Carvajal
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Puyin Bai
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Julianna Hsu
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Dr. Cosmin Harsian
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Dr. Madelyn Moore

 Appointed as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at New Mexico State University and clarinetist in the El Paso Symphony.

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Dr. Hilary Lowery

Appointed as Assistant Professor of Single Reeds at Bemidji State University.

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Richard Adger

Selected as a Morse Postgraduate Fellow in the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative.

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Dr. Chris Nichols

Promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Delaware.

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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 Gerde

Appointed as lecturer at Mid American Nazarene University

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Katie Varadi

Selected into the Liszt Academy in Hungary.

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Dr. Petar Smilev

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

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Dr. Stacia Fortune

Appointed as Assistant Professor at Kansas Wesleyan University.

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Dr. Larkin Sanders

Appointed as lecturer at Washburn University.