Kela Walton

Harp, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher

Kela Walton

SAA Member

Contact

Spartanburg, SC
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www.kelaharp.com

Kela Walton began her musical journey at the age of five as Suzuki piano student. By the age of eleven she finally convinced her parents to let her study the harp, and it was love at first lesson. An enthusiastic educator, she embraces teaching with a fun and loving approach, as well as a thorough understanding of the scientific evidence regarding the beneficial effects of music education on students of all ages—especially babies and young children.

Before relocating to the Carolinas, 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 was also privileged to serve as harp faculty member previously in Texas at Temple College, Round Rock ISD, the University of Houston Moores School of Music Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program, and Longhorn Music Camp, as well as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. In demand as a clinician, she co-directed the Youth Harp Ensemble at the 2016 American Harp Society, Inc., National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi Ballet, Temple Symphony Orchestra, and Waco Symphony Orchestra.

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. Currently Kela is 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.