Jessica Kelly

Flutist

About the Artist

Jessica Kelly (née Lipstone) is a New York City based flutist. She most recently held the flute, piccolo, and alto flute position in the first U.S. national tour of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Jessica freelances throughout New York, has performed on several occasions with LoftOpera, and can be heard on multiple recordings. In 2014, Jessica co-founded the New York City based flute and guitar ensemble, Redbrick Duo, with classical guitarist Damien Kelly. They have performed in venues such as the American Irish Historical Society in NYC, the E.U. Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., and in various locations in Ireland. In August of 2018, they performed a series of concerts in four cities in China through the touring company Arts Now China. In the summer of 2015, they released their self-titled debut album, which can be found here in its entirety: [soundcloud.com]

Jessica holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in the same field from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Her prominent teachers include Marya Martin, Thomas Robertello, and Catherine Karoly.

Recent Recordings

You will find a larger selection of recorded performances on my YouTube channel.
Click here for more Redbrick Duo recordings.

Flute Lessons

I am a strong believer in self-motivation and help students create goals toward which they can work. Knowing that all students learn in different ways and at varying paces, I construct lessons to suit the needs of each individual student. I assign warm-ups and exercises that confront specific concepts the student is struggling with in order to help him/her focus on one or two aspects of playing. I find that this helps address problems early on, rather than letting them fester and create bigger issues later. As one can never have enough public performance experience, I encourage students to play in studio recitals and occasional group lessons in order to become more comfortable playing for peers and audiences in general.

I believe it is important to find a balance between having fun playing an instrument while preserving a sense of discipline in order to improve. Lessons are challenging but flexible and are a place where students should be comfortable and not afraid to express themselves in their musical endeavors.

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