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Erin Moon-Kelly began studying flute when she was eight years old and began teaching flute when she was fourteen years old. Her mother Joyce and twin sister Ryan are successful flutists and flute teachers in Summerville, SC. Her youngest sister Kate is a flutist and flute teacher who completed her BFA degree (with a minor in music) at Clemson University. Her father Richard is a band director, general music teacher, composer, arranger, co-author of Habits of A Successful Musician, and author of Rhythm Masters.org. Ms. Moon-Kelly and her family have had several students make superiors at the SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival and win chairs in the South Carolina All-State Band, Berkeley All-County Band, Southern Region Band, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Academy. Ms. Moon-Kelly, her mother, and her sisters have also performed frequently as a professional flute quartet in the Charleston, SC area. Ms. Moon-Kelly’s private teachers include Joyce Moon, Tacy Edwards, Marsha Hood, Candice Keech, Dr. Phil Thompson, Dr. Christopher Vaneman, Dr. Caroline Ulric, and Erinn Frinchette. Ms. Moon-Kelly holds a performer’s certificate from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Academy (Summer 1995), a performer’s certificate from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (Summer 1996), a bachelors degree in music education from Winthrop University (summa cum laude; May 2002) and a masters degree in music with an emphasis in piccolo and flute performance from Converse College (magna cum laude; May 2004).
Ms. Moon-Kelly has experience as a substitute musician with the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Calvary Church Orchestra in Charlotte, NC. During her career at Converse College, she performed with several local chamber music groups as well as the Converse Wind Ensemble, the Converse Symphony Orchestra, and the Converse Opera Orchestra. She also taught flute and piccolo at the Allia Lawson Pre-College Program at Converse College. She was also Operations Manager for all music ensembles at Converse College. Currently, Ms. Moon-Kelly is owner and executive director of EMK Music- a professional music service company that provides custom concerts (store openings, weddings, corporate events, etc.), private and group lessons, flute education materials, music clinics, recording projects, artist residencies, and other music performance and music education services. Some of the company’s clients include the Marvin Ridge Middle School and Marvin Ridge High School Band Boosters (Waxhaw, NC), the South Carolina Band Directors’ Association, First United Methodist Church (Lancaster, SC), Griggs Road Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association (Clover, SC), and Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, NC), and Cuthbertson High School (Waxhaw, NC). The students enrolled in EMK Music have participated and won chairs in NCBDA sponsored events such as Solo and Ensemble Festival, the Union County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Union All County Band. Ms. Moon-Kelly works as a professional musician and flute/piccolo/recorder teacher in Lancaster, York, Mecklenburg, and Union counties. She, her husband, and her daughter live in the Claremont subdivision in Indian Land, SC. She is currently a member of the Charlotte Concert Band and participates in the music ministry as a soloist and chamber musician at Saint Mathew’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. She has judged music competitions in North and South Carolina and is an active studio musician in the Charlotte area.
In 2006, Ms. Moon-Kelly was accepted to the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Roster for Approved Artists-a list of selected artists that are authorized to perform artist residences in South Carolina Public Schools. She is also an active member of the Lancaster County Council for the Arts and has performed in, organized, and produced solo and chamber music recitals for the organization such as the “Friends Concert Series,” the “Student Community Concert Series,” and “The Celebration of Summer Concert Series.” In addition, she has given flute masterclasses and music clinics to several upstate schools and was part of the wind faculty at the Indian Land High School Band Camp in Indian Land, SC. Ms. Moon-Kelly was part of the music faculty, a summer enrichment camp instructor, recording productions manager, and custom music arranger at Explore Beyond School in Matthews, NC from 2004 to 2009. Ms. Moon-Kelly is an inaugural member of the Magnolia Trio-a professional woodwind trio based in Matthews, NC. The trio’s debut performance was held at the Avant Guarde Arts Council of Great Falls’ “Arts Fusion” event at the Great Falls Memorial Building at 300 Dearborn Street in Great Falls, SC on September 26, 2008. Cherry Doster, Executive Director of the Avante Guarde Arts Council of Great Falls and co-owner of Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studios, has worked with Ms. Moon-Kelly and her affiliates on multiple art gallery openings and community events. Ms. Moon-Kelly’s has also collaborated with Jake Hunter Productions-a Grammy award winning music Production Company based in Indian Land, SC. Some of these collaborations include the following CD Recordings: A Hunter Family Christmas (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010), The Dots (September 2008), Explore Creative Learning Centers Spring CD 2008 (4 CD series), and Explore Creative Learning Centers Fall 2008 CD (6 CD series). In January of 2009, Ms. Moon-Kelly accepted a position as adjunct music professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where she teaches music history and music theory courses.