Whitney Reagan Kelley

Flute Teacher

Whitney Reagan Kelley

SAA Member

Flutist Whitney Kelley is praised for her innovative performances and pedagogical methods which have inspired audiences across the country. Acclaimed for her “considerable technique” by the Winston-Salem Journal, she has appeared as soloist in numerous orchestral and recital settings, including guest appearances with Hollywood film composer Dave Grusin, jazz flutist Nestor Torres, and performances in the Ravinia Summer Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Denver Pops, Jefferson Symphony, and Longmont Symphony Orchestras. Whitney currently performs as piccoloist and section flutist for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and as a member of the Airde Ensemble, a woodwind sextet based in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to her solo and chamber pursuits, Whitney is an innovative pedagogue, presenting her research, teaching philosophies, and musical perspectives to music educators and performers through lectures, masterclasses, online videos, and publications in the National Flute Association Pedagogy Anthology Vol. 2,American Suzuki Journal, and Colorado Flutist. While maintaining thriving Suzuki studios in Boulder and Golden, Colorado, Whitney additionally actively serves as a clinician, adjudicator, and coaching staff for music programs across the country.

As an Arts Administrator, Whitney staffs summer institutes, chapter affiliates, and training registration for the SAA at their headquarters in Boulder and currently serves as president of the Colorado Flute Association. She recently received her D.M.A. in Flute Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado with Christina Jennings. Other teachers include Rebecca Paluzzi, Dr. Shelly Binder, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, and training with Suzuki flute founder Toshio Takahashi.