Harp, Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher, Administrator
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. Kela is a member of the faculty at Buffalo Suzuki Strings where she teaches Harp and Suzuki Early Childhood Education. 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 Buffalo, Kela founded and directed the harp program for the Round Rock Independent School District in central Texas. In demand as a clinician, she co-directed the Youth Harp Ensemble at the 2016 American Harp Society, Inc., National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She was privileged to serve as harp faculty member previously at Temple College, Round Rock ISD, the University of Houston Moores School of Music Preparatory and Continuing Studies Program, Longhorn Music Camp, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Kela’s orchestra credits include a seven year tenure as principal harpist for the Temple Symphony Orchestra (TX), as well as engagements with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and Corpus Christi Ballet.
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 upon invitation 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 running and practicing yoga.