Kelly teaches both viola and violin privately, and welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Some of her favorite students have been adults who are revisiting their instrument, or perhaps learning to play for the first time! She has played the viola for 20 years, and has over 10 years of teaching experience.
Her first instrument was a Playskool xylophone, followed shortly thereafter by the piano, recorder, and finally the viola! She also dabbled with the cello, and marimba later in life. It’s never too late to learn something new!
She spends most of her time teaching privately, and working with elementary and middle school students during their first year of playing, through the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s SYSO In the Schools program. Kelly also works with the Ballard High Chamber Orchestra, and with adult string students for the West Seattle Community Orchestra.
In addition to her educational work, Kelly is an active performer in the greater Seattle area. She’s played with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and is looking forward to joining the viola section of the Yakima Symphony next season! She’s also passionate about chamber music, and is a founding member of the Ravenna String Quartet.
Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University. She earned a Performance Certificate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she also played with two of the nation’s leading training orchestras – the YMF Debut Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony. Kelly was a founding member of the Anasazi String Quartet, which won the MTNA National Strings Chamber Music Prize in 2012. As a member of ASQ, she completed a Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the Pacifica and Jupiter String Quartets.
30 minute private lesson: $30
60 minute private lesson: $60