Flute, Suzuki flute
Flutist Anthea Kechley endeavors to give each child the experience of enrichment through music, as well as tools that will allow them to proceed in life with confidence and belief in their own abilities. She firmly believes that music is an essential part of anyone’s education, regardless of his or her background or means. Her methods encourage student growth, confidence, problem solving skills, and self-awareness, all of which are vital skills to be carried through life. Equally important is to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime.
Ms. Kechley studied the Suzuki method as both a student and later as a teacher under the tutelage of her mother, Jerilee Kechley. Immediately upon completion of her Bachelor of Music Degree, she was appointed flute faculty and Director of Flute Choir at Williams College. She has since held faculty positions at Miami Arts Charter School, Miami Music Project, and the Harmony Program in New York City, the latter two based on Venezuela’s widespread El Sistema.
Ms. Kechley has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan. She has appeared with Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony, and The Philadelphia Singers among others, and has performed as a concerto soloist with The Chelsea Symphony and Orchestra Seattle. She has had the privilege of collaborating with some of today’s most popular classical musicians, such as Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, and Itzhak Perlman. She extended her studies as a participant of Aspen Music Festival and School, Brevard Music Center, and Texas Music Festival. Her most major influences as a flutist and pedagogue are Keith Underwood, Nadine Asin, Kim Lorimier, and Jerilee Kechley.
Degrees: BM with honors, Flute Performance, Birmingham Conservatoire, U.K.; MM, Flute Performance, Mannes College of Music