earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CIM, studying with Alan Harris. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Carol Tarr, Tanya Carey, Nell Novak, Gilda Barston and Rick Mooney and participated in Irene Sharp’s cello pedagogy seminar at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and attended the Aspen Festival. She was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1995. Ms. Kelly’s students have performed with many orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, The Contemporary Youth Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, and The Firelands Symphony. Her students have won many competitions and honors and have been accepted into major schools of music including CIM, The New England Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The University of Michigan and Ithaca College. They have been accepted into prestigious music festivals including Prussia Cove, Aspen, Yellow Barn, Verbier, Meadowmount, Interlochen and Indiana String Academy. In addition, Ms. Kelly has taught at many summer music camps and festivals including The Virginia Suzuki Institute at Sweet Briar College, The Cleveland-Guelf Cello Workshop, The Intermountain Suzuki Workshop in St. George, Utah and at the Rocky Mountain String Camp in Colorado Springs. Ms. Kelly is a current member of The Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a former member of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband Bruce and their son Nat.
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