Kelly Austermann is an active music educator, performing clarinetist, and scholar in the St. Louis area. She has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Fountain Hills Chamber Players, the AKME Clarinet Duo, Casella Sinfonietta, the Saint Louis Wind Symphony, the Vintage Brass Band, the Queens of Swing, El Monstero, and the Lettermen. She can be heard in solo clarinet passages on the Grammy-nominated CD, Fireworks! released under the Equilibrium label and on In This Hid Clearing released under the Naxos label. Kelly was also a featured performer on the nationally televised show, CBS Sunday Morning hosted by Jane Pauley.
Kelly has extensive teaching experience with students of all ages and ability levels. She currently maintains a private studio of clarinet and saxophone students. She is professor of clarinet and saxophone at East Central College and teaches clarinet at Jefferson College. She is also the clarinet instructor for the band programs of the Mehlville, Fox, and Parkway West school districts where she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber music, and provides sectional instruction. Kelly has previously provided sectional instruction for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in Mesa, AZ. She has taught both clarinet and saxophone through her employment with City Music & Education Center in St. Louis, MO; Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Summer Music Camp; the Community Music Program in Columbia, MO; and Nottelmann Music Company in St. Louis, MO. Many of her students have received superior ratings at performance competitions and have earned seats in honors ensembles.
She teaches Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, and History of Jazz at East Central College, St. Louis Community College, and Jefferson College.
Kelly’s research interests are pedagogically oriented. Her dissertation, “A Supplemental Repertoire List for the Development of Fundamental Skills in Pre-Collegiate Clarinetists,” identifies repertoire that allows students to concurrently refine fundamental skills while preparing a piece for performance.
She has performed and presented research at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, the American Single Reed Summit Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, the Midwest Clarifest Conference, and the American Musicological Society Scholars Conference.
She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her Masters of Music from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University. Her former teachers include Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner, Eric Mandat, Diana Haskell, Anthony Taylor, and Paul Garritson.