Whitney Kelley

Whitney K.

Denver, CO
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Dynamic performer and teacher, Whitney is the principal flutist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. She received Masters and Doctorate degrees in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a BM in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a Suzuki teacher, Whitney has trained extensively in teaching young students through the Suzuki Method, including training with Japanese Suzuki Flute founder, Toshio Takahashi. Her research has focused on the effectiveness of many different teaching strategies and has been published in the NFA Pedagogy Anthology, American Suzuki Journal, Colorado Flutist, and Flute Examiner. She has served as president of the Colorado Flute Association and coordinated summer music institutes and chapter affiliates for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She actively teaches in the Denver metro area.

In addition to her orchestral position, Whitney has performed with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and many area orchestras across the Denver metro, and she performed for many years with the Airde Ensemble, a woodwind sextet based out of Boulder, CO. She has performed in multiple summer music festivals, including the Ravinia Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, and the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Performance Festival. She additionally performs and teaches as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for music programs and competitions across the country.

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  • Teaching since 2004
  • Teaches students 4 and up

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Sam Sep 9, 2019
Flute · In studio

Ms. Whitney is an incredible teacher and an outstanding flutist. Every week I look forward to lessons with her and enjoy taking time from my day to learn from her. I learn something new every week and she always knows how to help me improve my playing.

Selina Jun 22, 2019
Flute · In studio

My daughter took lessons from Whitney for several years, and Whitney was an excellent fit for her as teacher. She provided the right balance of structure and flexibility that allowed my daughter to advance her skills and still have fun with non-Suzuki music as well. She is kind, patient, encouraging, and fun-loving. Highly recommend Whitney as a flute teacher.

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ready to learn flute or boost your current playing level? Holding a Doctorate in Flute Performance and Pedagogy and actively playing as principal flutist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, I would love to share my wealth of knowledge and experience with you! I have been teaching flute from beginners to college music majors, ages 4 through adult, for the past 15 years and am passionate about making lessons engaging, fun, and effective. I would love to share with you and empower you on your own journey with music!



Early Childhood Music Specialist
Apr 2019 - Present

Resound Music Academy

Principal Flute
Sep 2018 - Present

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Flute Teacher
Aug 2004 - Present

Studio of Whitney

Sep 2013 - Sep 2018

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

Flute Faculty
Sep 2013 - May 2015

Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts


Doctor of Musical Arts, Flute Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2011 - May 2013

University of Colorado, Boulder

Master of Music, Flute Performance and Pedagogy
Sep 2009 - May 2011

University of Colorado, Boulder

Bachelor of Music, Flute Performance
Sep 2006 - May 2008

University of North Carolina School of the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Jul 2018

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Completed teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Stages 1 and 2. https://suzukiassociation.org/people/whitney-reagan-kelley/
Suzuki Flute Books 1-4, Practicum
Jul 2014

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Completed teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Suzuki Flute Books 1-4, Practicum, and Supplemental teacher training with Suzuki Flute founder Toshio Takahashi. https://suzukiassociation.org/people/whitney-reagan-kelley/


Suzuki Association of the Americas
May 2007
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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