Music and the other arts are the most potent demonstration that, in the heart, we are all one community.
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Kelly has an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and a Performance Certificate from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She was a winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Massachusetts, where she received her Master’s degree. She has been on the faculty of Bates College and Georgia Southern University and is presently the oboe instructor at Augusta State University.
Kelly has performed as guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Pittsfield Symphony, and Savannah Sinfonietta. She has played with the Portland Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Savannah Sinfonietta, Greenville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, the Pittsfield Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has toured Western Europe with the Ricciotti Ensemble, an orchestra dedicated to performing new music.
Kelly performs oboe and english horn with Ensembles Intermezzo, the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, the Augusta Opera, Augusta Choral Society, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and with the Hilton Head Orchestra. She is highly sought after as an expert reed-maker and oboe instructor. She has studied with Ray Still, Carlo Ravelli, Fred Cohen, and Yvonne Powers.
Chris performs with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and is Principal Violist of the Broad Street Orchestra. She has been fortunate to study with esteemed faculty members from some of the best conservatories on the east coast including The Mannes School of Music and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as The Boston Conservatory of Music and Boston University. Her eclectic career as a a free-lance musician includes performances with popular mainstream and rock musicians as well as fiddlers, Broadway legends and world renown classical artists. Rod Stewart, Mark O’Conner, Joshua Bell, Pavarotti and Yo Yo Ma have been some of her favorite on-stage collaborations. In addition to a lifetime dedicated to performing and teaching classical music, Ms. Orio is a certified Yoga instructor and JourneyDanceTM Guide. She finds great freedom of expression not only as a professional performing musician, but also through the art of free movement and dance. Christine is also an avid Cyclist and Spin instructor.
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