Kelly Riordan

Kelly Riordan is a Wisconsin native who began her studies at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music at age 5. Her studio was founded in 2012 and proudly boasts several recent graduates who have gone on to study music and music education. Her pedagogy is focused on interactive experiences that give students a strong foundation in both technique and aural skills.

Riordan is an active performer worldwide. She is a member of The Athena Trio, an all-female ensemble founded in Athens, Georgia which aims to foster opportunities for female composers and musicians. The Athena Trio has most recently performed with the Chamber Music Athens inaugural festival and participated in The Berliner Competition. Coaches have included Dr. Liza Stepanova and Maggie Snyder, and masterclass appearances include Peter Frankl, Jupiter String Quartet, and Sarah Shafer. Other recent performances have been with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, UGA Opera Theatre Orchestra, Eurus Quintet, Hodgson Wind Ensemble, UWM Symphony Orchestra, UWM Graduate Woodwind Quintet, and UWM Wind Ensemble. Festival appearances include Chamber Music Athens and Clarinet Academy of America in Athens, Georgia, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, California, and the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna, Austria.

Riordan was a member of the first graduating class from the Kettle Moraine School of Arts and Performance. During that time she was the principal clarinet for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. She also held an internship with the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music and Hartland Music.

Kelly Riordan holds a Masters in Music Performance and Literature from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia and her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her primary teachers include Dr. D Ray McClellan, Todd Levy, and Val Wisnewski. Kelly Riordan is currently based in Hartland, Wisconsin.