Kelsey Sexton, Cellist

Before she graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance, Kelsey Sexton had performed as a chamber artist at some of the most distinguished music conferences around the world, including the 2015 Music Learning Revolution in London, the 2016 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco, and the 2016 International Society of Music Education biennial in Glasgow. Her invited teaching activities before graduation included major outreach programs like Big Noise (Scotland), In Harmony (England), Kidznotes (North Carolina), the Saint James Music Academy (Vancouver, BC). She also served as a guest performer and clinician with the Wautauga High School Orchestra and Annual Retreat (North Carolina) and the Oxfordshire County Music Service (England). In 2019 she was invited to serve as Guest Principal cello for the resident orchestra at the Kay Meek Center Young Orchestras Encounter (Vancouver, BC).


Recipient of the 2017 Leonard Rose Memorial Scholarship at the Wintergreen Festival, Kelsey holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she studied under Dr. Wesley Baldwin. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she directed the Farragut Intermediate School Orchestra Initiative, a program dedicated to the growth and support of string education in Knoxville public schools. During her undergraduate and graduate work, Kelsey maintained private teaching studios of twenty or more students, which has afforded her opportunities to work with students of all playing levels and ages. As part of her educational philosophy, Kelsey strives to include new and worldly musics into her curricula, providing a unique and diverse musical experience for her students.


In March of 2020, Kelsey served as a guest clinician for the Arts Plus Suzuki Workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received Suzuki training through Book 3 with acclaimed teacher trainers Carey Cheney and Avi Friedlander and is currently pursuing further training. She is presently a private instructor and freelance performer in and around the Knoxville area and works extensively with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra as a rehearsal assistant, sectional coach, and chamber coach.