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Maureen Kelly is a Wisconsin native who now carries her midwestern roots around New York, where she stays busy participating in ensembles such as NYCA Symphony, Fresh Squeezed Opera, Mimesis Ensemble, Loft Opera, and Group Muse. She has performed worldwide in Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, and Europe, and is currently on faculty at Crestwood Music Education Center, River Arts, and Opportunity Music Project. Maureen has been a musician in residence at the Banff Centre and the Bundanon Trust in Australia, and participated in festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Kent/Blossom, Jerusalem Summer Strings Institute, AIMS, the Brevard Music Festival, Scotia Fest, Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Banff Summer Chamber Music. As a chamber musician, she has performed alongside artists such as William Preucil and Scott St. John. A love of teaching has led to extensive work in any area she has lived as a private teacher, chamber coach, and through El Sistema-based programs. Maureen received a BM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a founding member of the fellowship Perlman Piano Trio, and a MM from the University of Kentucky, where she was awarded a fellowship to play in the graduate Verdi String Quartet. Additional study was done at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. She lives in Brooklyn and in her free time enjoys running, cooking, and drinking coffee.

Maureen believes in an organized approach to developing a student’s ability to listen, focus, and play with ease on the cello in order to fully explore and understand music. She works with each student to build a strong foundation and personal relationship with the intention of making the cello a meaningful and fun part of each week.