Kelly Watson Woelffer is a versatile flutist who performs in many different musical circles and settings in New York City and Berlin. As the fourth daughter of two classical musicians, Kelly has been surrounded by the orchestra for her entire life. She spent her high school years in San Antonio, Texas, where she studied with Dr. Rita Linard and Tal Perkes and had her classical solo debut with the San Antonio Municipal Band after winning First Prize in the South Texas Young Artists’ Competition in 1996. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Jim Walker. During her years in Los Angeles, Kelly performed with the Debut and American Youth Symphonies, was a winner of the National Flute Association’s College Masterclass Competition (2001) and won First Place in the Leni Fe Bland Young Soloists Competition (2001). In 2001, Kelly was one of two American flutists selected to study in Sweden with Göran Marcusson from whom tremendous influence was received and with whom she continued to study in later years. Other influential teachers include Paula Robison, Carol Wincenc, Jeanne Baxtresser, Linda Chesis, Lyone Buyse, Brad Garner and Michael Parloff. Kelly performed in LA with many singer-songwriter and jazz-musician friends and began taking an interest in music outside of the orchestral and classical chamber music realm. In 2006, she completed a degree in Contemporary Music and Composition from The New School in New York City. Here, she studied with famous jazz saxophonist, Greg Osby and formed a sextet for winds and rhythm section performing her original compositions. This group performed regularly in top jazz and new music venues throughout New York City and recorded two albums of Kelly’s original music: From the Shelf (2006) and dear and bare (Phonector, 2008). In 2008, Kelly relocated to Berlin, Germany, where she formed a new chamber group to feature her compositions for string quartet, three winds and guitar. Kelly continues to freelance as an orchestral and chamber musician and was a soloist and guest composer with the Mid-Texas Symphony in 2010. In 2015, Kelly served as Principal Flutist in the Experiential Orchestra in New York City. Also a dedicated teacher, Kelly is a registered and certified teacher of the Suzuki Method through both the SAA and the ESA regions and maintains a thriving Suzuki Flute studio in Berlin.