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Kelsy Farr, Viola

Kelsey Farr found her love for the viola at the age of 8 while playing with the Eden Prairie String Academy in Minnesota. She continued her studies with various members of the Minnesota Orchestra, including Aaron Janse and Richard Marshall. Kelsey distinguished herself as principal viola in the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra. After studying for six years at the Eastman School of Music, she earned her BM and MM in viola performance under the direction of Professor George Taylor. During her time in Rochester, NY, she distinguished herself in the Ying Quartet's chamber music program, and performed with the Eastman String Quartet at President Obama's second Inaugural Luncheon in Washington DC. Her enrollment in the Orchestral Studies Diploma Program led to her participation with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in NY, with whom she performed for five years. She has also appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, and Symphoria of Syracuse. Kelsey has relished her performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Hanson, Michael Bolton, Sarah McLachlan, Amy Grant, and Ben Folds.

Kelsey is currently serving as a tenured Associate Principal violist in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and has developed a private violin and viola teaching studio through the Schmitt Music company.