Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Piccolo
About Kellyann Chester-Ouellette
Since college, Kellyann held the position of Director of the Gifted and Talented Flute Ensemble at New Britain High School for 2 years, and founded and directed the East-of-the-River Flute Ensemble and Summer Ensembles Program in Vernon, CT. She taught Instrumental Music at St. Bernard's Parochial School in Rockville for 1 year in 1992-1993, and taught privately at Sabastian’s Music & Grossi Conservatory in Vernon, Bellers Music in Manchester, The Music Works in South Windsor, and Riccardo’s Music in East Hartford from 1991 - 1997. Mrs. Ouellette founded The Flute Institute and Other Woodwinds of Vernon in 1997 teaching flute, piccolo, recorder, alto and soprano saxophones, and clarinet, later changing the name to The Woodwind Institute in 2013. In July 2014, Kellyann joined the faculty at Music & Arts in East Hartford and in February 2012, she began teaching at Music & Arts in Vernon.
Kellyann's style of teaching is one that is patient, positive, encouraging and nurturing. She develops individual lesson plans for each student based on his or her needs. Her teaching emphasis is on basic fundamentals such as tone, rhythm, musicality and technique through Method Books, School Band Music, and many genre's of Solo Music including Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, Folk, Irish, Latin. She considers the students musical interests when determining her lesson plans. Other areas of focus include Music Theory, Composition, Improvisation, Audition Preparation and Performance Experience. Many of Kellyann's students have held principal positions on flute, piccolo, clarinet & alto and baritone sax in the CT Eastern & Northern Regional, All-State and All-New England Festival Concert Bands, Jazz Bands & Orchestras at both the High School and Jr. High level. Several other students have been accepted by audition into NCCC Music Festival in CT, MICCA & Quabbin Valley Music Festivals in Eastern Hampden County, MA, and the CT State Youth Honors Band as Principal Flute Chair. Two of Kellyann’s students received perfect scores on their CT Regional auditions. One was a Jr. High Flute student and the other a High School Flute & Piccolo student. Kellyann has also sent students to the Greater Boston Flute Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival in which all of her students have received Gold Ratings. In total, Kellyann has taught over 300 students in her 25 year career, with many students studying 7-9 years before graduating. She has offered them many performing opportunities in Annual Recitals, Graduation Honor Recitals, Holiday Solo & Ensemble Concerts, Holiday Performance Parties and performances at local Malls, Retirement Homes/Assisted Living Homes since 1993. Selected students have also performed at the annual “Festival of Trees” at Tower Square in Springfield, MA since 2013. She has also held End-of-the-Year Awards Ceremonies to reward her students' accomplishments throughout the year.
Kellyann has been a member of the Greater Boston Flute Association since 1993 and a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Connecticut Music Educators Association since 1996. Also in 1996, Kellyann became a Certified Adjudicator of the CT. Regional and All-State Festival Auditions at the Jr. High and High School Levels. She has also served as Head Flute Judge for the CT Eastern Region Auditions on several occasions and Head Woodwind Judge for the CT All-State Auditions. She held the Flute Judge position for All-New England 1 year as well.
Kellyann has performed in over 45 musical productions as a multiple reed player since 1991 with many CT pit orchestras associated with local theater companies such as The Hartford Children's Theater, The Berlin Summer Theater, The Connecticut Repertory Theater at the University of CT in Storrs for 9 years, The Warner Theater in
Torrington, CT, The Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich, CT, The Thomaston Opera House, The Goshen Players in Goshen, The New Britain Repertory Theater to name a few. She performed in the pit orchestra for the 1st & 2nd Annual CT High School Music Theater Awards Gala. Her most recent Musicals included performing on flute, piccolo, alto sax, and clarinet for the new musical “The Addams Family” at the Warner Theater in Torrington in July & August of 2015 and on flute and alto sax for “Memphis” at the Thomaston Opera House in Sept./Oct. Of 2015. She has been Owner & Director of Wedding Instrumentals based in Western Massachusetts since 1991. She studied voice for 2 years and acoustic guitar. On October 28, 2007, Kellyann presented a workshop on improvisation at the Greater Boston Flute Association Annual Flute Fair & performed that evening with the band Reverse Curve on their Jazz Cabaret Program.
In Jan. of 2009, Kellyann joined the music faculty at Regional Jr. High & High School #7 in Winsted, CT, teaching the clarinet & saxophone sections of the Symphony Band & Wind Ensemble as small groups. In August of 2009, Kellyann participated in breaking the Guinness Book of World's Record for the largest flute choir worldwide at the National Flute Association's Annual Convention in NYC directed by James Galway. Also in NYC, in Oct. 2009, Kellyann was hired for a studio recording session at Uptime Recording for the new musical “Buddy’s Tavern” Soundtrack CD. In November of 2010, she joined the Country, Blues, & Southern Rock band “Blue Collar Project” based out of Southbury, CT. Kellyann is the lead singer, sings background harmonies, plays flute, alto saxophone, acoustic guitar & auxiliary percussion instruments. BCP performs at bars, restaurants, fairs including the Hebron Harvest Fair and The Wapping Fair in South Windsor, campgrounds all over CT State and private parties. The band has also composed 2 original songs.
Kellyann was recently completed at recording project with CT Songwriter/Composer Bill Naughton, Jr. of Colbalt, CT in which recorded vocally 4 songs of his to be included in his 2 CD Set Demo which will be promoted to many producers, including ASCAP and BMI, in Nashville during 2016. Kellyann worked with Bill and Michael Arafah, owner and Producter of The Coffeehouse Recording Studio located in Middletown, CT. Bill will go down to Nashville to pitch his songs to famous artists such as Martina McBride, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, George Straight, and several others in the hopes that his songs will be produced and recorded by these nationally known artists currently on the commercial markets.