Karla Kelley, conductor of the Coastal Chamber Orchestra, is active throughout New England as a conductor. Since 1987 she has served as conductor of the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, a 50-member professional orchestra that she founded, and which performs for more than 10,000 people annually. Additionally, Ms. Kelley was assistant conductor of the Portland (Maine) Opera Repertory Theatre, and in 1992 she was selected from among 180 applicants to the post of assistant conductor of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ms. Kelley is the Music Director for the Charles River Sinfonietta (MA) and was recently appointed conductor of the Coastal Chamber Orchestra (ME).
Guest conducting appearances include the Sliven Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, The Cape Ann (MA) Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia University Orchestra and the Vermont Youth Orchestra. She has worked with young people and served as guest conductors for various youth orchestras in the Northeast. She recently guest conducted with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra (MA), Bates College and Mid-Coast Symphony (ME).
Ms. Kelley was awarded the Masters of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the New England Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Carl St. Clair and Pascal Verrot. She has also participated in master classes led by Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Samuel Jones.
An accomplished pianist and coach, Karla Kelley has played for numerous regional opera companies and orchestras, as well as for a variety of choruses, chamber ensembles and solo artists in New England. She is a member of the Acting Singers Project of Boston and is a staff accompanist at Boston Conservatory and the Winchester Community Music School.
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