Kelly began learning to play the violin at age 7 and was taught with the Suzuki method under the instruction of the distinguished Suzuki educator, Milton Goldberg, in Winnetka, IL. Growing up as a Suzuki student was a wonderful experience for her! She was fortunate enough to have a lesson with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself at a Suzuki institute master class and is thrilled to be teaching now as a registered Suzuki instructor.
Kelly’s other private teachers have included Almita Vamos, Sylvia Rosenberg and Catherine Tait and she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in applied Violin from the Eastman School of Music.
She has studied and performed a great deal of solo and chamber repertoire and has been an orchestral member of the Florida Naples Philharmonic and the New World Symphony Orchestra (as frequent concertmaster). She has also performed as an orchestra member with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chicagoland groups such as the Lake Forest Symphony, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Ballet. During her orchestral career she has played under the baton of such renowned conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn and has enjoyed playing with a diverse range of artists such as world renowned violinist Joshua Bell, Opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, Pop music’s Gloria Estefan and Country music’s Eddy Arnold. She has also played for televised performances and on CD recordings for the Arco and Telarc labels.
Currently Kelly teaches from her private violin studio (on line lessons available) and is a member of the violin faculty at the Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville.
Kelly believes it is important for students to remember every one will progress at his or her own pace. She enjoys teaching all ages and strives to make lessons fun and enjoyable! She encourages her students to be patient while first learning to play the violin as it is an ongoing process of achievement. Each step in the learning process is meant to build upon the last, and although it takes time, the reward is well worth it!