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    Michael Kelly, a native Virginian, received his Master’s degree in piano at the Juilliard School in piano and a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For twelve years he taught in the theory and piano departments of the Manhattan School, served as doctoral thesis advisor, and appeared frequently as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. For seven years, he served on the faculty of Brooklyn College of CUNY. Mr. Kelly was the 1982 first prize winner of the International Bach Society Competition, under the aegis of Rosalyn Tureck, and was presented that year in an all-Bach in Lincoln. He continues to work with singers as vocal coach and accompanist. He has studied piano with William S. Newman, Irwin Freundlich, Constance Keene, and Rudolf Serkin.
    For twelve years, Dr. Kelly was music director of Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, and for seven years following that, music director and organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Seattle. In 2003 Dr. Kelly was th4 interim music director, choirmaster, and organist at Plymouth Congregational Church, also in Seattle. He is busy as a pianist, vocal coach, and choral director. While in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Kelly has taught theory and form and analysis at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He collaborated with soprano Janeanne Houston as pianist and organist on two CD’s: So Great a Joy, and Living Mysteries, and with Marianne Weltmann in Live from Seattle. Dr. Kelly was rehearsal pianist for the Portland Symphonic Choir for several years, and one of the pianists in the voice studio of Ellen Faull until her death in 2008.
    Presently, Dr. Kelly serves as the Music Director and choral conductor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown, a major urban church in the center of the arts district of Portland, OR.. Michael Kelly is a participating artist with Northwest Artists, and resides in Vancouver, WA.