Michaela Kelly

Visiting Lecturer of Music

Department: Music
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Michaela Kelly

Academic History

  • Current DMA Candidate in Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music;
  • Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music;
  • Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Areas of Expertise

Motor Learning Theory, Vocal Pedagogy


Michaela Kelly is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music . She has recently graduated with her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying vocal pedagogy with Dr. Ian Howell. While at NEC, Michaela performed the role of Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites and sang as a soprano soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with orchestra and choir in Jordan Hall. Additionally, she is an active guest presenter of her evidence-based workshop “Best Practices on Practice” at universities and public music programs across the country. Her research has been presented at the North Carolina Music Educator's Conference and the Pan American Vocology Association Symposium. Michaela was on the faculty at the Handel and Haydn Society from 2019-2021 where she taught musicianship for the youth choirs program. Before returning for her master’s degree, Michaela worked for two years as the chorus teacher at AL Stanback Middle School in Orange County, North Carolina. Michaela holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This fall Michaela will join the faculty at Scripps College as a part time lecturer of voice.

Courses Taught

  • Part Time Lecturer of Voice