Singer Profile: Kay Kelly

Meet Kay Kelly, our interviewee for this week! Kay is a part of the Hinsdale Encore Chorale. She previously was a member of Madrigals and Show Choir. Kay sang in “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Brigadoon” while in high school. She also sang in Northwestern University’s Chorus as an undergraduate. Kay’s first grandson, Finn, was born on February 24th and she really looks forward to singing to him. Thanks for sharing, Kay!


When did you first sing in a choir, and what got you started? If Encore is your first choir, what recently drew you in?

I first sang in actual choirs when I was in middle school, both at school and at church. I played piano so I could read music and I sang the alto part on most of our church hymns standing next to my mom who also sings alto. These two skills made me an automatic non-melody voice anytime our directors wanted parts. I was flattered and hooked on singing.


List three adjectives that describe the way singing makes you feel.

Happy, relaxed, centered


In what ways do you share music with the loved ones in your life?

My husband and I always sang to our sons and we insisted that they sing in church choirs from a young age. As they aged, they learned to play the piano and wind instruments. They each decided to learn to play guitar. One has kept up with piano and the other choral music as adults. We share concerts and playlists and interesting songs.


What has been your most rewarding choral experience so far?

Singing in Madrigals in high school.


What is your life’s most memorable musical moment, choral or not?

Playing Chopin’s Fur Elise for solo and ensemble contest in middle school and having the e-flat key stick on the piano I was playing. I had to play that key over and over and over.


Is there anything on your musical bucket list- an experience you’d like to have in music?

I’d love to see if I could play the harp.


What do you like best about being part of Encore?

Singing during the day. I tutor most evenings, so nighttime ensembles are impossible.


What words do you have to share for anyone who is both interested in singing in a choir and nervous about starting out?

Just come. We don’t bite or judge you. The directors are really helpful and patient. Encore makes me smile. We know it will make you smile. too.


What three songs would you want on a desert island?

“Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew, “Silent Night,” and an anthology of music from the 70’s (I know that’s cheating!).

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