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KU clarinet professor travels to Serbia and Italy

Monday, August 30, 2010


Stephanie Zelnick, assistant professor of clarinet, will travel to Serbia in September as soloist and lecturer at the European Day of Jewish Culture in Novi Sad. Additionally, Zelnick will travel to Italy to record with the Stark Clarinet Quartet in Rome and will perform and teach at the Associazone Vincenzo Bellini this month in Latina, Italy.

Dr. Stephanie Zelnick has emerged as one of the most dynamic clarinet players of her generation, performing in the finest venues throughout the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe. Her playing can be heard weekly on NPR and Colorado Public Radio. She has been broadcast on WFMT, Chicago, as part of the Dame Myra Hess Artist Series, and throughout Serbia, Brazil, and Taiwan. She appeared as a featured artist at the 34th annual International Music Festival of the Escola de Musica e Artes Cenicas da Universidade Federal de Goias, in Goiania, Brazil and recently as a soloist in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to her solo work, she is currently the principal clarinet in the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Central City Opera, both located in Colorado. She has recently completed a recording of Morton Gould's Derivations as featured soloist on the Naxos label and on Brooke Joyce's Wave of Stone on the Innova label. Her upcoming season includes appearances at the European Day of Jewish Music in Novi Sad, Serbia, and concerts throughout Italy. She is also teaching a masterclass course at the Academia Musicale V. Bellini in Salerno, Italy.

In Europe, Dr. Zelnick served as principal clarinet of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic and appeared throughout the continent with the Prague Opera, the Johann Strauss Opera in Vienna, and the Frantisbad Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic. Dr. Zelnick 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 has served as a musical ambassador throughout Europe. In 2009 she was sponsored by Privrednik, Serbia's oldest humanitarian organization, to teach and play concerts throughout the country.

In the United States, in addition to her current positions, 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 at universities in Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasilia, Brazil, Novi Sad and Belgrade Serbia, Taipei, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. She has also written for both the NACWPI review and the Clarinet.

Dr. Zelnick graduated from Rice University with a Bachelors degree in clarinet performance. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and received her Artist Diploma at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague. She earned her MM and DMA degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Zelnick is sponsored by Buffet Crampon, the world's finest and oldest clarinet manufacturer.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu

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