Work with Dr. Zelnick

Dr. Zelnick has taught some of the brightest talents in music. Recipient of the University of Kansas School of Music 2021 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, her graduates have gone on to positions in orchestras, universities, schools, and other settings around the world. She has taught masterclasses on four continents and at numerous international festivals. 

Dr. Zelnick is available for lessons, masterclasses, seminars, audition preparation at all levels. and coachings, including virtual sessions. You can reach her at zelnick@ku.edu or at stephaniezelnick@yahoo.com.

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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. 


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.


Dr. Hilary Lowery

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


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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Kaitlyn Gerde

Selected into the Liszt Academy in Hungary.

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Katie Varadi

Selected into the Liszt Academy in Hungary.

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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.