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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Kristen Zelenak

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Saxophone Player

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Name: Kristen Zelenak
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Katzin Concert Hall
Presentation Title: Kristen Zelenak and Silver Lining Duo: Newly Composed Works by Stacy Garrop and Kate Vincent
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 16

Kristen Zelenak is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher from New Baltimore, Michigan. She has won multiple awards including the Central Michigan University‚Äôs 2011 Concerto Competition. 

Ms. Zelenak is an enthusiastic advocate for chamber music. Her groups have won the top prizes at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition (2015, 2019). In 2019, Seyon Quartet was also awarded second place at the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. She has also competed as a quarter and semi finalist in national competitions such as NASA, Fischoff, and MPRIZE.

Ms. Zelenak is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance at Arizona State University. After completing her Masters of Music degree at Michigan State University, she was an Assistant Band Director for two years in Huntsville, TX. She received her Bachelors in Music Education at Central Michigan University. Her teachers include Christopher Creviston, Joseph Lulloff, and John Nichol.

Ensemble Bio:

The Silver Lining Duo is made up of saxophonists Emily Loboda and Kristen Zelenak, Emily and Kristen met at Central Michigan University in 2012. They developed a friendship and decided the best way to stay in contact was to play music together. This newly formed duo plans to continue playing togehter and hopes to commission new pieces in the upcoming years. They recently performed at the NASA Region IV conference in the Spring of 2017. 

Kristen is from New Baltimore, MI. She is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University. Emily is from Tullahoma, TN and recieved her DMA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also teaches saxophone at East Tennesse State University and Mitchell Community College. 

Other Performers / Participants


Emily Loboda

Alto Saxophone


Emily Loboda is an accomplished solo saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator. Emily has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Tennessee, Michigan, and North Carolina; and has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America including performances in Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Emily is also active on the professional jazz scene in North Carolina, and is a member of the Winston Salem's Camel City Jazz Orchestra. Emily is the saxophone instructor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee and Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina, and lecturer at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She recently received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in performance, with minor areas in jazz and music education studies from UNCG. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Tennessee Technological University. Her teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, Steve Stusek, and Chad Eby.

Nathan Arch


Bio: Nathan Arch is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University, where he is also a teaching assistant. A proficient organist, Nathan is an active church musician, having served at churches in Arizona and the Washington, DC area. He has recently appeared at the Saarburg International Music Festival (Germany) and the Vianden International Music Festival (Luxembourg) as guest artist and scheduling coordinator, in charge of the daily schedules, room assignments, and appropriate repertoire selection. Nathan's research interests are in Russian music of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and his doctoral research will focus on the early chamber music of Alexander Borodin.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Phoenix Rising Stacy Garrop 6
TBD Kate Vincent 10