A native of Cypress, Texas, clarinetist Kelsey Behnfeldt has recently returned to her home state from northern California, to set her roots in the Austin area. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Music Performance from the University of North Texas in 2014, and has been performing and teaching ever since. Her principal teachers were Daryl Coad and Jeffrey Lerner. She has also studied short-term with Paul Garner and Victoria Luperi. Kelsey has taught privately in many schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as well as in Redding, CA, where she was also a local chamber music coach and adjunct clarinet instructor at Shasta College.
While residing in northern California, Kelsey performed as both principal and second clarinet with the North State Symphony of Chico, the North Valley Chamber Chorale of Chico, and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra of Redding. She has also played with the UNT Symphonic Band, the UNT Concert Orchestra, and bass clarinet in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Kelsey was an avid freelancer in the north Texas region, performing with chamber music group the Allons-y Wind Quintet, as well as often performing musicals in professional pit orchestras, one of which was at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX. Mrs. Behnfeldt is also a keyboardist and has played for several churches throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and in Redding, CA.
Kelsey currently teaches a very large studio of wonderfully aspiring clarinetists in Leander ISD. She resides in Cedar Park with her husband Kyle and cat Stella. She enjoys spending her spare time either composing music, creative writing, or reading a good book.