Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Bachelor of Music in Composition
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Kelly is interested in women composers of sacred music, borne initially from a fascination with the 9th Century Byzantine hymnist, Kassia. She has completed independent research on the early 19th Century English composer, Eliza Flower. Flower composed the original setting of the popular hymn, Nearer, My God to Thee in collaboration with her sister, Sarah, the author of the text. Kelly is particularly drawn to women composers whose faith played an important role in their public life. Additionally, she is interested in the role of folk music in hymnody and the theologies of music in comparative religion. Kelly is also a composer, and hopes to further explore the intersection between theology, music, and literature in her artistic work.
Prior to ITIA, Kelly served as a Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Austin, Texas. There, she worked for Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors, a non-profit that provides free or low-cost legal services to the local immigrant community. Kelly is a clarinettist and pianist, and an avid lover of all things relating to Handbells. In her spare time, she is likely to be found in a practice room playing, and, if she’s feeling brave, singing, from Glory to God, the Presbyterian Hymnal.