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Kelly, a native Virginian, received his Master’s degree in piano at the
Juilliard School in piano and a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music
in New York City. For twelve years he taught in the theory and piano
departments of the Manhattan School, served as doctoral thesis advisor, and
appeared frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with
orchestra. For seven years, he served on the faculty of Brooklyn College of
CUNY. Mr. Kelly was the 1982 first prize winner of the International Bach
Society Competition, under the aegis of Rosalyn Tureck, and was presented
that year in an all-Bach in Lincoln. He continues to work with singers as
vocal coach and accompanist. He has studied piano with William S. Newman,
Irwin Freundlich, Constance Keene, and Rudolf Serkin.
For twelve years, Dr. Kelly was music director of Judson
Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, and for seven years following that,
music director and organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle.
In 2003 Dr. Kelly was th4 interim music director, choirmaster, and organist
at Plymouth Congregational Church, also in Seattle. He is busy as a pianist,
vocal coach, and choral director. While in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Kelly
has taught theory and form and analysis at the University of Puget Sound in
Tacoma, WA. He collaborated with soprano Janeanne Houston as pianist and
organist on two CD’s: So Great a Joy, and Living Mysteries, and with
Marianne Weltmann in Live from Seattle. Dr. Kelly was rehearsal pianist for
the Portland Symphonic Choir for several years, and one of the pianists in
the voice studio of Ellen Faull until her death in 2008.
Presently, Dr. Kelly serves as the Music Director and choral
conductor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown, a
major urban church in the center of the arts district of Portland, OR..
Michael Kelly is a participating artist with Northwest Artists, and resides
in Vancouver, WA.