Kelly’s love for music began when, as a kindergartener, she performed at her school talent show. By the time she was in high school, Kelly was participating in the prestigious Roanoke Children's Choir. She was one of just ten female vocalists accepted to Virginia’s Summer Residential Governor's School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Kelly majored in Musical Theater at James Madison University, where she was also a resident accompanist for classes and private lessons.
Kelly is a professional musical theatre performer, pianist and singer who has worked in Equity houses and theme parks; she excels in funny character roles. Her favorite performances have been “The Last Five Years” (Cathy), “White Christmas” (Martha), “Little Women” (Marmee), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Miss Tottendale), “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert” (Shirley), “Oklahoma” (Gertie), “Guys & Dolls” (General Cartwright) and “Fiddler On The Roof” (Fruma Sarah). She has also taught at multiple children's theaters and performing arts camps, including Stagedoor Manor and Long Lake Camp For The Arts. She was nominated Best Music Director at Dallas’s Column Awards in 2017 and 2018. Other notable past positions include Music Assistant at Ford's Theater in Washington DC and Live Show Supervisor at Six Flags America for two successful seasons. Since moving to NYC in 2019, Kelly has worked with Bronx Science High, Centenary Young Performers Workshop, and Young At Arts as a music director and piano accompanist. This year she will be teaching Advanced Musical Theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Kelly's teaching philosophy is based on the belief that the key to successful music performance is 50% physical, 25% mental, and 25% heart. Her approach is based on positivity and encouragement. Kelly can teach a range of music genres, from musical theatre to pop to classical. She excels in working with students on audition prep and musical theatre pedagogy, and especially enjoys working with young artists.