Kelly Meholic

Kelly M.

Acworth, GA

About Kelly M.

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Kelly teaches: Ages 7 and up
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Teaching since: January 2003
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Overview

Introduction

Hi, my name is Kelly Meholic! I have about 20 years playing experience and 12 years of experience teaching private flute lessons. I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so fun to hear how students grow with each lesson and to see them reach their goals whether it is gaining confidence in their playing, making All-State, or winning a competition. I am a very patient person and in my teaching I try to keep the atmosphere positive and encouraging. I have taught beginning to advanced private flute lessons to children and adults in person and online all across the country including Hawaii and even as far away as Italy. In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with my Master's in Flute Performance. Prior to that I attended Florida State University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.

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Lesson Length Recommendations:
Beginner - 30 minute lesson
Intermediate - 45 minute lesson
Advanced - 60 minute lesson




Biography

I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and became interested in studying music at the age of 12. After weeks of gazing longingly through the window as my twin sister crossed the street to her French horn lessons, I was determined to play an instrument too. I asked my mom if I could take horn lessons, but my sister's teacher advised that I should play another instrument so there would be less competition between the two of us. She told me there was a fantastic flute teacher down the street though and so I began walking to my flute lessons. That flute teacher was Betsy Hudson-Traba, principal flutist of what is now the Sarasota Orchestra. Meeting her and starting flute lessons set my life down an incredible journey through music that would eventually take me halfway across the world.

With Betsy's instruction and encouragement, throughout high school I played principal flute in Sarasota’s youth orchestra program and was a winner of the Young Artist Competition. I attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp where I was exposed to many wonderful artists and teachers. With a lot of hard work, I was able to win first chair flute in the FMEA All-State multiple times.

With a solid foundation in flute playing, I went on to study with Eva Amsler at Florida State University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in flute performance. Her teaching gave me a greater understanding of tone development and movement and also pushed me to understand more about myself as a person. I had a lot of wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate was playing in the top orchestra. During my time at FSU I was a proud member of the “world renown” Marching CHIEFS, where I served as section leader to 50+ flutes! It was truly incredible having a weekly audience of 80,000 football fans cheering us on. One of my favorite and more unique ensembles I participated in was the Andean ensemble, Aconcagua. I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute). I loved it because it gave me the chance to play flutes still, but in a different capacity that was much more free than the classical music setting I was accustomed to.

After undergrad, I decided to go abroad for graduate school earning my Master’s at a small conservatory in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland called the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. I studied under Italian flutists, Mario Ancillotti, Stefano Parrino, and Giovanni Crola. Through their help I was able to refine and demonstrate greater musicality in my playing. Performance was emphasized greatly in lessons and in our school curriculum. I also had many opportunities to pursue my love of travelling and work on my foreign language skills!

After heading home to the States I began my freelance career substituting in various orchestras in Florida including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. I now live in Acworth, Georgia where I teach privately and play in the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra, as well as serve on the orchestra board. In addition to music, I love spending time with my family, friends, my husband, Vance, and our adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and dog (Leia). I also enjoy reading, hiking, baking, organizing, and cleaning!


*** Specialties ***
I specialize in flute and piccolo solo, orchestral, band, and chamber ensemble playing and also audition prep.

Photos and Videos

Kelly playing the Eric Ewazen Trio for Flute, Piano, and Horn: Ballade, Pastorale, and Dance

Experience

TEACHING
Jan 2005 - Present
Lessons and Ensembles

Private Flute Lesson Instructor, Tallahassee, FL and Marietta & Acworth, GA 2005-Present

Southeast High School, Woodwind Instructor, Bradenton, FL, 2010-2012

Substitute Teacher, School District of Manatee County, Bradenton, FL 2010-2012

MUSICIAN
Jan 2003 - Present
Ensemble

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Orchestral Experience
Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra 1st flute, Alpharetta, GA Present

Sarasota Orchestra, substitute flute list/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2009-2011/2006

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, substitute 2nd flute, Fort Myers, FL, 2009

Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, 2nd flute/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2009

Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Lugano Switzerland, 2007-2009

Orchestra da Camera di Lugano, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Lugano, Switzerland, 2008

Florida State University Orchestras, 1st/2nd flute/piccolo, Tallahassee, FL, 2003-2007


Wind Ensemble/Chamber
American Patriots Band, flute, Marietta, GA, 2012- 2014

Ensemble '900 del Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, flute,
Lugano, Switzerland, 2008

Aconcagua Andean Ensemble (FSU), various instruments, Tallahassee, FL, 2006-2007

Florida State University Wind Ensembles and Flute Choir, flute/piccolo, Tallahassee, FL, 2003-2007

Sarasota Concert Band, flute/piccolo, Sarasota, FL, 2000-2003

Education

Master of Arts
Sep 2007 - Jul 2009
Conservatorio della Svizzera-Italiana
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2003 - Jul 2007
Florida State University

Languages Spoken

German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner
May 2003
Sarasota Orchestra (Formerly FWCS)

Affiliations

Tau Beta Sigma
May 2004

Tau Beta Sigma is a highly respected pre-eminent music organization comprised of over 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men. Strong leadership thrives throughout our organization and we have a solid financial foundation. We cultivate and sponsor a variety of music education programs for our diverse membership and work closely with collegiate band directors. Our alumni association is an integral part of Tau Beta Sigma, promoting diversity efforts, social networking and assisting members in enhancing their professional leadership and employment possibilities after graduation from college. We are actively engaged in the community through music.

32 Reviews on Kelly M.

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Loretta L. Dec 29, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
Kelly has been an excellent instructor! She is always flexible with us. My daughter really enjoys her flute lessons each week and is learning so much!
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Jessica L. Oct 22, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
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A'shya R. Sep 15, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
excellent and talented teacher
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MacKenzie L. Sep 9, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In home
My granddaughter McKenzie was new to high school band. She was a little nervous about learning to play the flute and the life of a new high schooler at the same time. Kelly set her fears aside and was very patient with her. We feel blessed to have such a good teacher. The waiting area in her home is very comfortable
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Clarisse L. Aug 18, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
My daughter Clarisse had her first lesson with Kelly today, and we are very happy with how the lesson went. Kelly is professional and skilled as a teacher, as well as a fantastic flutist herself. We look forward to future lessons to take Clarisse's flute playing to a whole different level.
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Shirlyn P. Aug 13, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
Kelly is an amazing flute teacher. She is patient and very knowledgeable, and makes sure to address your specific needs.
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Deniece R. Aug 8, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
1st lesson went great. My daughter enjoyed it and can't wait until the next lesson. I'm hoping this is something that we can continue.
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Charles N. Jul 30, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
Really enjoyed the lesson
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kalee C. Jul 18, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson very much. Thanks Kelly! Can't wait for next week. :)
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Silvia T. Jul 7, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · Online
I loved the first lesson with Kelly. It was a lot of fun and she left me inspired to practice. I'm looking forward to next week's lesson already!
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