Michelle Kelly photoMichele Kelly is the flutist and co-Artistic Director of Relâche, the world-renowned ensemble for new music. She has worked directly with many of today’s most innovative composers in the creation of new works, including Gavin Bryars, Guy Klucevsek, and Mark Hagerty. Through numerous residencies at some of America’s top conservatories, she along with the ensemble continues to foster the interactive relationship between presenters, performers, and the emerging generation of young composers in the digital age. The New York-born, Houston-raised flutist is highly regarded as a clinician, ensemble coach, and studio teacher. She is a College House Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where in addition to studio instruction and small ensemble coaching she is the founder and Director of Penn Flutes, a large ensemble of more than thirty flutists. The ensemble performs several concerts on campus, and also maintains an active relationship with the community at large through an ongoing series of outreach performances and school workshops. She has also organized similar ensembles and events within her private teaching studio, Fresh Flute. She received her MMus from the University of Michigan, where she also earned a unique post-Master’s Specialist degree in chamber music performance. Her teachers include Keith Bryan and composer/theorist/flutist Cynthia Folio. The daughter of noted abstract expressionist painter James Groff lives with her family in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.