Curriculum Vitae
Selected New Music Concert Appearances

*Chicago Artist Workshop (CAW)

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Powerful Voices

*Detroit Institute of Art Friday Night Live

*Strange Beautiful Music 13

*JUX+Zoulek

*Bowling Green's New Music Festival

Strange Beautiful Music 12

*Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

*Chicago Park District

*Chicago Park District

New Music Chicago

*JUX Relevance Project

Strange Music Cagematch

Aepex Contemporary Performance

Different Trains

Third Place Concert Series                             

SoCA Professional Artist Series                

Oakland U. Professional Artist Series         

Resonant Bodies                                   

SHO Art, Spirit, and Performance          

SONARE New Music Series                   

Center for New Music                             

Detroit Institute of Art Friday Night Live

*Strange Beautiful Music XI                   

*Resonant Bodies

*White Space                                     

*Chase Public                                  

Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project        

*Music in the Woods                          

Constellation                       

WFMT Live Radio Show                    

Strange Beautiful Music X                              

Strange Beautiful Music IX

Strange Beautiful Music VIII

Eighth Blackbird

New Music Detroit

Picosa

New Music Detroit

New Music Detroit

Juxtatonal

New Music Detroit

New Music Detroit

Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Matt Ulery Trio

Nois

Juxtatonal

New Music Detroit

Unaccompanied Voices

New Music Detroit

Unaccompanied Voices

I will learn to… 

I will learn to… 

Unaccompanied Voices

Whoopknox

I will learn to…

I will learn to…

New Music Detroit

Whoopknox

SopranoZelasko

Juxtatonal

Juxtatonal 

Juxtatonal 

Whoopknox 

Juxtatonal 

Juxtatonal 

New Music Detroit

New Music Detroit 

New Music Detroit

Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI

Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Midwest Tour

Bowling Green, OH

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Midwest Tour

Detroit, MI

Ann Arbor, MI

Detroit, MI

Ann Arbor, MI  

Windsor, ON 

Rochester, MI

Bowling Green, OH

Windsor, ON 

Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco, CA

Detroit, MI 

Detroit, MI 

Banff, AB, Canada

Atlanta, GA

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI 

Detroit, MI 

Detroit, MI 

2021

2021

2021

2021

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2019

2018

2018

2018

2018 

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018 

2018

2017

2016

2015

*world premiere

Operas & Staged Performances

*Pat Sturn I Pat & Emilia Smallman, Gervais, Sievers-Hunt

North American Tour:

Brock University I St. Catherine's, ON 2018

College Street United Church I Toronto, ON 2018

Willistead Manor I Windsor, ON 2018

Capitol Theatre with the Windsor Symphony I Windsor, ON 2016

United Mennonite Church with the Windsor Symphony I Leamington, ON 2016

University of Windsor I Windsor, ON 2016

Madonna University I Livonia, MI 2016

Toledo Museum of Art I Toledo, OH 2015

Oakland University I Rochester Hills, MI 2015

Knox Presbyterian Church I Leamington, ON 2015 

Town Hall Theatre I Bayfield, ON 2015

Congregational Church of Birmingham I Bloomfield Hills, MI 2015

Marygrove College I Detroit, MI 2015 (U.S. Premiere)

Willistead Manor I Windsor, ON 2015 (World Premiere)

Abigail Williams I The Crucible Ward

University of Iowa I Iowa City, IA 2006

Anna I I The Seven Deadly Sins Weill

University of Iowa I Iowa City, IA 2006

Female Chorus I The Rape of Lucretia Britten

University of Iowa I Iowa City, IA 2005

Aunt Prunella I Why Dinosaurs Don't Smoke Yankee

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre I Cedar Rapids, IA 2005

Chorus I Carmen Bizet

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre I Cedar Rapids, IA 2005

Inkeeper & Leader of the Second Caravan I The Exception to the Rule Brecht

Young Boy I The Yes Sayer & The No Sayer Brecht

First Clown I Does Man Help Man? Brecht

Planet Ant Theatre I Hamtrammck, MI 2003

Chorus I A Long Way Home Beer

University of Detroit I Spetses, Greece 2003

Torquemada I L'Heure Espagnole Ravel

Oakland University I Rochester Hills, MI 2003

Suor Dolcina I Suor Angelica Puccini

Oakland University I Rochester Hills, MI 2003

Sandman I Too Many Sopranos Penhorwood

Oakland University I Rochester Hills, MI 2002

Residencies & Festivals

*YInMn Festival I 2019

Ann Arbor, MI

Millay Colony for the Arts Residency I 2018

Austerlitz, NY

The Wholehearted Musician Residency I 2018

Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Boscawen, NH

*[R]evolution Resonant Bodies Residency I 2018

Banff Center for Creative Arts, Banff, AL, Canada

*YInMn Festival I 2018

Atlanta, GA

Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project I 2018

Cleveland, OH

*Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab Residency I 2017

Ojai, CA

*SoundSCAPE Festival I 2016

Maccagno, Italy

SICPP Festival I 2014

New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

Film Appearances

Pat Sturn I Imagining Angels Canadian Arts Productions

Film Festival Tour:

BermudaSHORTS International Film Festival, Mannheim, Germany 2015

Toronto Short Film Festival, Toronto, ON 2015

Windsor International Film Festival, Windsor, ON 2014

New Music Ensembles

New Music Detroit      Vocalist                  2018

Whoopknox                 Co-Founder           2018

Juxtatonal (JUX)           Co-Founder           2017

Commissions
Librettos & Publications

*Candey, Griffin          

*Carlozzi, Nicholas     

*Clay, Danny                

*Davis, D. Edward       

*Epstein, Marti

*Felsenfeld, Daniel

*Fleitz, Robert    

*Hersh, Sarah       

*Jacob, Robyn            

*Joest, Kevin           

*McQuade Dewhirst, Michelle

*Negrón, Angélica

 

*Search, Cara              

*Smooke, Vid

*Sosa, Jorge  

*Villarreal, Leaha Maria

Not So Far As The Forest for soprano and cello

This Land is [My] Land for soprano and cello

Opposites for three players on ukulele and recorder

since forgotten for soprano, cello, and tape recorder

Hadyeh for soprano, cello, and bass clarinet

For Those Who Learn for soprano and cello

... you have been warned for soprano and cello

Love Destroyed for soprano and cello

Next Time for soprano and cello

Who Speaks for soprano, cello, and bass clarinet

Such Little Arrows for soprano and cello

#nofilter for soprano and cello

Say Something in Spanish for soprano, clarinet, tenor sax, violin, cello, 2 percussionists 

Resist!!! for 2 players

The Growth Delusion for soprano and cello

Dina von Zweck Songs for soprano and cello

I am relevant for soprano and cello

Compositions

Zelasko, J. (In-Progress) E ala E (Arise/Awaken) (Libretto)

Zelasko, J. (2019) 3 Tips to a More Meaningful New Music Experience. High Wire Lab: https://highwirelab.org/post/3-tips-to-a-more-meaningful-new-music-experience

Zelasko, J. (2019) Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs: A Singer’s Perspective. In G. Cassano, et. al. Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs: the Music of Protest and Hope in Jane Addams’s Chicago (pp. 282-297). Boston: Brill.

Presentations & Workshops

"Creativity in Contemporary Performance" Workshop at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI Nov. 7, 2019

“Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs.” Lecture Recital at Oakland University, Rochester, MI. Mar. 16, 2016.

“Eleanor Smith’s Hull House Songs.” Lecture Recital at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL. Aug. 22, 2015.

(Juxta)Tonal Song (2019) for voice, toy piano, and sound makers for Juxtatonal with Bryan Hayslett

     SHO Art, Spirit, and Performance, Windsor, ON, Canada 2019

     Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Detroit, MI 2019

     *YInMn Music Festival, Ann Arbor, MI 2019

JUX2can (2018) for toy instruments for Juxtatonal with Bryan Hayslett

     Whitespace, Atlanta, GA, 2018

     *Chase Public, Cincinnati, OH 2018

Tides (2018) for voice, looper, and live electronics for Resonant Bodies

     *Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff, AB, Canada 2018

Seminars & Panels

Diversity, Representation, and Democratization Panelist, Davidson College I 2020

New Music Seminar Series, New World School of the Arts I 2020

New Music USA Grant Award Panelist I 2019 & 2021

Teaching Experience

Private Vocal Instructor I 2002 - Present

Private Home Studio I Rochester Hills, MI 2010 - Present

Oakland University I Rochester Hills, MI 2017 - 2020

Marian High School I Bloomfield Hills, MI 2012 - 2018

L'anse Creuse North High School I Macomb, MI 2010 - 2013

K.O. Music I Ray, MI 2010 - 2013

Prairie High School I Cedar Rapids, IA 2004 - 2006

Marion Music Academy I Marion, IA 2004 - 2006

Clarkston Conservatory of Music I Clarkston, MI 2002 - 2004

Adjunct Professor of Music Theory I 2013 - 2016

Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI

Vocal Master Class Instructor I 2004 - 2019

Private Studio, Rochester Hills, MI 2019

Brock University, St. Catherine's, ON 2018

University of Windsor, Windsor, ON 2016

Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2012 - 2017

L'anse Creuse High School, Macomb, MI 2010 - 2013

Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids, IA 2004 - 2006

Education

Master of Arts Vocal Performance I 2006

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

 

Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance I 2003

Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI

 

Bachelor of Science Economics I 2003

Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI

Teachers

Dr. Edith Diggory

Dr. John Muriello

Dr. Rachel Joselson

Dr. Ingo Tize

Music Directing & Conducting Experience

Opera Music Director I 2011

Create Your Own Opera, Project Daydream, Bloomfield Hills, MI

 

Director & Conductor of Special Music Programs I 2006

St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, Shelby Township, MI

 

Choral Director & Conductor I 2004 - 2005

United Methodist Church, West Liberty, IA

Awards & Scholarships

Charles Lindsley Music Award

The University of Iowa Music Fellowship Award

Division I Scholarship Athlete Oakland University 

Conductors

Robert Franz

Dr. Tim Weiss

Dr. William Jones

Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht

Dr. Timothy Stadler

Dr. Michael Mitchell

​Dr. Daniel Pesca 

Stage Directors

Gary Race

Ed Bourgeois 

Karen Sherdian

Dr. Michael Gillespie

Dr. Arthur J. Beer

Master Classes

Tony Arnold

Jennifer Ashe

Katherine Goldner

Michael Spierman