Carolyn Kelley is an experienced artist in a variety of settings, from the large concert hall to a living room. She performs with the Ball State Wind Ensemble, Ball State Symphony Band, the Cyrus Community Orchestra, and the Kokomo Park Band, and has performed with many other groups in the region. Carolyn gains experience in solo work through recitals and competitions, looking for every opportunity to perform. She has worked with fellow musicians to produce chamber works, both contemporary and classical. She has been honored to receive scholarships and awards from a variety of organizations, such as the Kokomo Morning Musicale, Psi Iota Xi, and Ball State University, for her excellence in performing.
As a result of her thirst for knowledge, Carolyn has attended several music festivals and masterclasses, studying with clinicians from around the country. In 2018, Carolyn attended the Fresh Inc. Festival, where she gained valuable entrepreneurial knowledge, collaborative experience, and experience with contemporary and new works. She attended the Bayview Music Festival in 2017, where her passion for woodwind quintet was ignited. In 2016, she attended the Aria International Summer Camp, studying under John Thorne (Northwestern), Donna Shin (University of Washington), and Alexa Still (Oberlin). She is growing every day, both as a performer and a human, under Dr. Mihoko Watanabe, her flute professor.
When Carolyn isn’t practicing or performing, she is working on creative projects that seek to help people understand and feel the power and healing of music, and writing her second novel.
Augusta Read Thomas – Jeu D’Esprit
Neal Warner – Klabautermann’s Omen
Grace Ann Lee – Absolute Zero