In 2013, Zinninger received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music. At CCM, Zinninger has performed as a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Chamber Players, Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and Philharmonia. As a Graduate Assistant, Zinninger has directed the CCM Jazz Lab Band as well as several student combos. His graduate teaching responsibilities have included teaching private saxophone lessons, and instructing courses in both Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Appreciation. He also holds a Masters degree from CCM in the area of Jazz Studies. In 2006, Zinninger received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville where he was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Saxophone Quartet, and Marching Band. While Zinninger’s primary teachers were Mike Tracy and John Moore, he also received instruction from renowned jazz educator Jamey Aebersold.