Dr. Kyra Zhang
Kyra Krenitsky Zhang currently serves as instructor of clarinet, saxophone, chamber music, and music history at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She currently holds a position with the Hendersonville Symphony and performs frequently with orchestras throughout the region. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kyra received her DMA from Stony Brook University in 2006. She has also attended Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music where she received her MM with academic honors and distinction in performance. Prior to her appointment at the Governor’s School, she was the instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and has served as the principal clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Ohio Capitol Winds, and the Gardner Museum Orchestra of Boston. Active as a chamber musician, Kyra has appeared at the Emerson Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Musical Society. In addition, she is a two-time winner and soloist with the Milwaukee Artist and Ensemble Series. Her major teachers have included Dan Gilbert, William Wrzesien, and James Campbell. Kyra’s students have gone on to major college and conservatory programs including Northwestern University, Indiana University, The Eastman School of Music, Boston Conservatory, and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and hold positions in institutions such as the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
“When you walk into the halls of the Governor’s School there is an immediate sense of electricity in the air, an energy that can only happen in a community where people are working toward something they are passionate about. It is a privilege to be a part of this community. If you are serious about your art, about learning, about pushing your boundaries, this is an incredible place to be.”