Kristen Zelenak, 2022, Instructor, DMA in Saxophone Performance – Arizona State University,
MM in Wind Band Conducting – Arizona State University, MM in Music Performance – Michigan
State University, Bachelor of Music Education – Central Michigan University.
Whether as an award-winning saxophonist or collaborating with large ensembles, Kristen Zelenak is an active soloist, chamber musician, educator, and conductor from New Baltimore, Michigan.
As a soloist, she has given multiple guest artist recitals and masterclasses across the country. She regularly performs with her saxophone/piano duo, ZelenArch. A strong advocate for chamber music, her groups Seyon and Lotus have been nationally recognized in multiple competitions.
Zelenak is currently the Director of Athletic Bands and Saxophone Instructor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She teaches the Marching Band, Concert Band, Applied Saxophone and Clarinet, Woodwind Methods, and Music Appreciation.
She received her DMA in Saxophone Performance and MM in Wind Band Conducting from Arizona State University. Her MM in Saxophone Performance from Michigan State University and her BME at Central Michigan University. Her teachers include Christopher Creviston, Jason Caslor, Joseph Lulloff, and John Nichol. Prior to finishing her advanced degrees, she taught middle school band in Huntsville, TX.