David Kelsey frequently performs with many talented artists in North Carolina. A recipient of numerous musical and academic scholarships as well as a teaching fellowship, he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Applied Music from Ithaca College. At Ithaca College, he served as staff accompanist, taught piano and accompanying, appeared as soloist with the orchestra and served as Assistant Director of the opera workshop. Upon graduation, he continued his studies with Jeanne-Marie Darre, the noted French concert pianist, and Cecile Genhart, Professor Emeritus of Piano at the Eastman School of Music. To broaden his knowledge of the vocal repertoire, he continued his studies with three internationally-acclaimed collaborative artists: John Wustman, Warren Jones, and Martin Katz. He also studied solo piano with Martino Tirimo and chamber music with Marilyn Neeley.

Mr. Kelsey has accompanied and coached regional winners of Metropolitan Opera competitions, a first-prize winner of the Eleanor McCollum Competition at the Houston Grand Opera, a first-prize winner in the North Carolina Symphony Youth Concerto Competition, instrumental soloists with the Raleigh Symphony and the Durham Symphony, vocal soloists with the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Symphony, singers from the National Opera Company and the Opera Company of North Carolina, as well as college students competing in concerto competitions. Memorable moments have included accompanying Metropolitan Opera star Victoria Livengood as she sang an aria to the late Luciano Pavarotti at a Gala dinner in his honor, and traveling to Saint Petersburg, Russia to do two recitals with Russian tenor Gregory Martynenko.

Currently, Mr. Kelsey is active in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina as a performer, vocal coach, and accompanist. In 2010 he was honored to have been included in Bill Smoot's book, "Conversations with Great Teachers".

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