Dr. Whitney Kelley Dr. Whitney Kelley flutist


Principal flutist of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Whitney Kelley is praised for her innovative performances and pedagogical methods which have inspired audiences across the country. Acclaimed for her considerable technique by the Winston-Salem Journal, she has appeared as soloist in numerous orchestral and recital settings, including guest appearances with world-renowned flutist Sir James Galway, Hollywood film composer Dave Grusin, jazz flutist Nestor Torres, and performances in the Ravinia Summer Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Pops, Jefferson Symphony, and Longmont Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to her solo and chamber pursuits, Whitney is an innovative pedagogue, presenting her research, teaching philosophies, and musical perspectives to music educators and performers through lectures, masterclasses, online videos, and publications in the National Flute Association Pedagogy Anthology Vol. 2, American Suzuki Journal, Colorado Flutist, and Flute Examiner. While maintaining a thriving Suzuki studio in Denver, Colorado, Whitney additionally actively serves as a clinician, adjudicator, and coaching staff for music programs across the country.

She received her D.M.A. in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado with Christina Jennings. Other teachers include Rebecca Paluzzi, Dr. Shelly Binder, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, and training with Suzuki flute founder, Toshio Takahashi.


Practice What You Think: The Value and Application of Mental Strategies in Practice and Performance of Programmatic Music, Master's Thesis, University of Colorado

Practice What You Think: Strengthening Musical Learning through Mental Strategies, National Flute Association Pedagogy Anthology, Volume 2

An Introduction to Learning Assessment for Studio Music Teachers: Two-Part Activity and Evaluation, Pedagogy Thesis, University of Colorado

The Resilient Musician: Developing Student Resilience in the College/Conservatory Music Studio, Doctoral Dissertation, University Of Colorado

CD Review: Jinju by Laura Larson, Flute, American Suzuki Journal 41.3

Learning More Than Music: The Influence of the Suzuki Method in the Life and Career of Dr. Whitney Kelley, American Suzuki Journal 41.4

Cultivating Beautiful Hearts in the Face of Adversity, Lecture, 16th Biennial SAA Conference, Minneapolis, MN

4 Questions for Whitney Kelley: The Suzuki Method, Advanced Topics for Beginners, and More, Flute Examiner

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