Kela Walton

Harp, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Kela Walton

SAA Member


Arlington, TX
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Kela Walton enjoys a varied career as a harp teacher and freelance performer. She began her musical journey at the age of 5 as a Suzuki piano student. By the age of 11 she finally convinced her parents to let her study harp, and it was love at first lesson.

An enthusiastic educator, she embraces teaching with a fun and loving approach. She is committed to understanding of the scientific evidence regarding the beneficial effects of music education on students of all ages—especially babies and young children. Before returning to her native Texas, Kela established the harp program at Buffalo Suzuki Strings in New York, where she taught individual and group harp lessons as well as Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes. Kela served as the Interim Principal Harp with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2017-18 season, as well as for the BPO’s international tour in Poland. Her other orchestral credits include past positions and engagements with the Asheville Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Savannah Philharmonic.

Kela holds a M.M. in Harp Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Houston Moores School of Music where she studied with Paula Page, and a B.M. in Harp Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Gayle Barrington. Additionally she was privileged to study with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine. Her Suzuki training includes coursework with Sharon Jones, Delaine Fedson Leonard, and Dr. Laurie Scott. Her articles have been published in the Harp Column magazine and the American Harp Journal. Additionally, Kela is also honored to serve on the national Board of Directors for the American Harp Society, Inc. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys hiking, running, and practicing yoga.