Željka graduated from the Conducting Department of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Stanko Šepić 1988. During her studies she had numerous performances and concerts with the choirs Abrasevic and Belgrade Madrigalists. Željka received her postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Music on topic of Verdi’s “Il trovatore”, and with the premiere of the opera “The Elixir of Love” at the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, she also completed a Phd artistic project, which she defended at the same institution in the class of prof. Darinka Matić - Marović 2015. From 1988 until 1994 she has been working as conductor, assistant conductor and artistic director of the choir at the National Theater in Belgrade, and from 1995 to 2010 she was conductor in Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, where he made full professional progress and realized a variety of opera, operetta and ballet repertoire. Željka has three annual theater awards for "outstanding artistic achievements", as well as the Serbian National Theatre's highest recognition, the gold medal "Jovan Đorđević" (2019). She had performed with the Serbian National Theatre Opera Ensemble at BEMUS, at the International Opera Festivals in Miskolc and Budapest, and also had successful performances with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTS Symphony Orchestra, the Madlenianum Opera and Theatre Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Academy of Arts and Camerata Academica from Novi Sad. Željka is a member of the Association of Music Artists of Serbia. She is a full professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad on the subjects of Opera Studio and Choir Conducting and a visiting professor at the Music Academy in East Sarajevo.