Kelli Young, vocalist
Ms. Kelli Young has been a featured soloist and recitalist in the United States and Europe, performing in Nice, France Cologne Germany, and Graz Austria where she also attended the American Institute of Musical Studies. She has been on tour in mainland China with members of the Washington National Opera and served as the Associate Costume Designer for Morgan State University’s production of Porgy and Bess (2012). She has collaborated with and sung for such greats as composer, conductor Marvin Hamlisch and Grammy Award winning artist, Bobby McFerrin at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Ms. Young most recent credits include the role of Nat King Coles’ mother in the premier performance of There was a Boy at Morgan State University under the direction of New York artist and creator of the show, James Rich. In further collaboration with Mr. Rich, she directed the playwright’s musical, Blink, which premiered in April 2017. She was a featured artist in the premiere performance of String Theory at the Edinburg Festival Fringe 2017 which featured dance, aerial art, spoken word, and original music. As a member of the Big Bang Jazz Band, Ms. Young continues to broaden the scope of her musical repertoire.
With the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, Ms. Young had the distinct honor of premiering the role of Miranda in the opera Blake with the composer, H. Leslie Adams in attendance. Other operatic roles performed include: Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Despina in Cosi fan tutti and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.
Currently, Ms. Young is a member of the voice faculty at The Baltimore School for the Arts, and she is the Associate Choral Conductor and a voice instructor at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md. She is the Assistant Director of Music at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church also in Laurel.
A native of Washington, D.C. Kelli A. Young graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She earned her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. Following graduation from Peabody, Ms. Young was awarded the Syracuse University African-American Fellowship which enabled her to pursue graduate studies.