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KU clarinet professor invited to perform at prestigious international event

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stephanie Zelnick, assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Kansas, was invited to perform at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. This event will be held August 3-7 at the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, Northridge, and Zelnick will perform on August 6.

Zelnick was chosen by peer-review to perform at this event, often viewed as the most prestigious international clarinet festival in the world.

Additional notable artists chosen to perform this year include Stanley Drucker, former principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic; Ricardo Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Philippe Berroud, first solo clarinetist of the Paris Orchestra; Ivan Stolbov of Mariinsky (Kirov) Orchestra -St. Petersburg; Richie Hawlie & Ixi Chen of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Joaquin Valdepen;as of the Toronto Symphony; jazz legends Eddie Daniels and Andrew Firth; Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet; Richard Haynes, clarinetist with the ELISION Ensemble; and Michele Zukovsky and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras.

Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Buffet-Crampon Artist, has emerged as one of the most dynamic performers of her generation. She has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe, including most recently the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Musica e Artes Cenicas da Universidade Federal de Goias in Goiania, Brazil, at the Academia Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Salerno, Italy, the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad, Serbia, in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and Berkshire Music Trust in Reading, England. Zelnick was recently selected by peer-review to perform at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2011 in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 2011. In addition to her solo work, she is currently the principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central City Opera, both located in Colorado.

In Europe, Dr. Zelnick performed with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, the Prague Opera, and the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna. She has toured Europe as a soloist and a member of the Prague International Trio, performing in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Germany. She remains a member of the Prague-based chamber ensemble Classicon XX and in 2009 was sponsored by Privrednik, Serbia's oldest humanitarian organization, to teach and play concerts throughout the country.

She has served as principal clarinet in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sunflower Music Festival, as well as appearing with the Colorado Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Seattle Pops, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival, among many others. She has performed at the Southern Clarinet Symposium, Midwest Clarifest, the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, and the OU Clarinet Symposium. She is also a member of the Ad Astra Clarinet Quartet, recipients of the Kansas Arts Commission Arts on Tour Grant, with whom she has appeared at universities and festivals throughout the United States.

As a teacher, Zelnick has served on the faculties of the University of Wyoming and the University of Northern Colorado as well as teaching at the Florida State University. She is an active clinician and has presented master classes at numerous universities and conferences, including most recently in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Taipei, and throughout the United States. She has also written for both the NACWPI review and the Clarinet.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.


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