A HARP AND BAGPIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Call or Text: 865-591-0160 or 865-566-6832
Weddings, Parties, Memorials and Corporate Events in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. Have Harp and Pipe, will travel!
Kelly is a harpist and bagpiper in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has had an impressive career and performs for many different types of events. The vast list of possibilities are endless and include weddings, parties, funeral or memorial services and corporate events. Kelly blogs about her performances here, but you may also learn more about her or contact her about playing your event. Listen to selections as she plays the harp in the upper right corner, press>> to listen to the numbered selections and watch the videos as she plays the bagpipes on the beach and at Dollywood.
Kelly is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She majored in Music Education with a concentration on Harp. Kelly began her study of the harp at age five. She has an impressive list of instructors, including the late Judy McDonald of the Knoxville Symphony, Linda Wellbaum of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Kelly studied with the late Lloyd Lindroth of the Opryland Hotel. The beautiful harp music that filled the Conservatory and later the Cascades at the Opryland Hotel was that of the great premier studio musician Lloyd Lindroth. Lloyd helped Kelly with his arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” for the harp, which she played in the Miss Tennessee Pageant in 1986. Kelly continued to study with Lloyd after the pageant. Kelly was Miss Knoxville and a semi-finalist in the Miss Tennessee Pageant in 1983 and 1986. Kelly has held many steady harp positions throughout her professional career. Kelly played for the Knoxville Youth Orchestra and the West Knox County Orchestra during her adolescent and teen years. During college, Kelly performed with the University of Cincinnati Conservatory Singers and toured the northern states playing the harp. During the Knoxville World’s Fair, Kelly performed with the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Pops orchestras during the next three years, Kelly performed as the Hyatt Regency Hotel harpist. She played throughout the lobby and on weekends in the Volador restaurant. In 1997, Kelly played on board the” Royal Viking Sun” cruise ship. Kelly played in the Stella Polaris Room atop the ship and also at church services and Christmas specials, and traveled 19,000 miles throughout the Caribbean and California. She was invited to play for a consecutive session at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, for the next five months. However, Kelly declined this offer because she is the Choral Director at Jefferson County High School and could not be away that length of time. Jefferson County High School has an award winning choral program that Kelly has developed over the past twenty-three years. Every year the choral groups compete and perform around the area. In 2000, the choral department and others from Jefferson County High School performed in the pre-opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Bankstown, Australia. The Patriot Singers Show Choir opened the season for the Louise Mandrell Theatre in the spring of 2004. The following year the show choir competed on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship the” Majesty of the Sea.” The choir was invited to perform the finale performance on board the ship. Along with the show choir, the choral program consists of the award winning Patriot Harmony (Women’s Choir), JCHS Gospel Choir, Men’s Singers and Patriot Harmony Show Choir. In 2007 the choral department was awarded the overall Grand Champion Music Fest award in Orlando, Florida. Kelly has dedicated her life to music and has brought happiness and touched lives with her talents over the years. Her experience is exemplary and her love for music is unquestionable.
Kelly began studying and playing bagpipes in 2001. She competes in individual competitions at all the Highland Games. Kelly was awarded Piper of the Day at the Gatlinburg Highland Festival in 2007 and placed top three in most of the competitions that year. Kelly is a student of the Sandy Jones Academy of Piping and Drumming in North Carolina and has attended many weeks of intense instruction. Kelly, who has studied music from the age of five, is a professional harpist and a retired choral director. She graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a degree in Music Education and Concentration on the harp. Kelly has played the Catholic football team onto the field on Friday nights in Knoxville. Kelly is a full time freelance musician playing all venues with the Bagpipe and Harp. Look for Kelly at the Dandridge, Tennessee, Scots-Irish Festival in September. She will be the “Lone Piper” who will close the festival at the end of the night. Kelly plays Piobaireachd and Light Music for any occasion. She has music samples and types of functions on this site and welcomes new venues and ideas. Her list of songs is extensive and not restricted to these tunes. Among the styles of music she performs are slow airs, marches, hymns, popular tunes and fun songs.
Harp and Bagpipe Styles
Lyon-Healy: Style 23 48 strings Concert Grand- Pedal, Gold finish Lyon-Healy: Style 23 48 strings Concert Grand- Pedal, Natural finish Dusty Strings: Style FH 36 (36 Strings) Celtic Harp Dusty Strings: Style FH 26 (26 Strings) Celtic Harp
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