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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Kristen Zelenak

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Name: Kristen Zelenak
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Watson
Presentation Title: Lotus
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 13

Kristen Zelenak is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher from New Baltimore, Michigan. She has won multiple awards including the Central Michigan University’s 2012 Concerto Competition. 


Ms. Zelenak was the soprano saxophonist of the Auteur Saxophone Quartet, which took first prize in the Coltman Chamber Music Competition in March of 2015. This quartet was also a Quarter Finalist in the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Kristen is currently the soprano and baritone saxophonist in the saxophone trio, Lotus. This newly formed ensemble is based out of Tempe, AZ.


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:

Lotus is a trio that formed in the fall of 2017 by three active saxophone performers and educators. The trio desires to advance saxophone chamber music by expanding the current repertoire. One of the goals of the ensemble when commissioning original works is to have numerous combinations of the standard saxophone quartet between the three members of the trio. Currently, Lotus has commissioned new works from composers Matthew Kennedy, Spencer Arias, Ethan Cypress, and others. In addition, members of Lotus have created original arrangements of masterpieces ranging from the baroque era to pieces written in the twentieth-century.  Lotus enjoys sharing their music by performing for diverse audiences in conventional and unconventional venues. They hope to continue as a group and the advancement of the saxophone trio repertoire as they begin their professional careers. The members of Lotus are doctoral students of Dr. Christopher Creviston at Arizona State University. 


Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Justin Rollefson Tenor Saxophone Justin Rollefson is one of the leading entrepreneurial saxophonists in the southwest. Known for his . . .
Samuel Detweiler Alto Saxophone Sam Detweiler holds a master’s degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University, where he s . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
as I escape, the water calms Spencer Arias 6
Triceratops Matthew Kennedy 6