Kelley Rogers Niiyama has appeared across the United States and in Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and musical theater pit orchestra player. She has shared the concert stage with many notable performers including Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, and Dominic Spera. A veteran of wind ensemble playing, she has worked with preeminent conductors including Ray Cramer, William Revelli, and Stephen Pratt.
Ms. Niiyama has appeared with several orchestras including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, many Indiana University orchestras, the Lafayette Symphony, Muncie Symphony orchestra and other Indiana-based orchestras. Ms. Niiyama has held the principal position with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra since 2006; she played principal clarinet with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Indiana, where she currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. Kelley appeared as soloist with the University of Central Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2002 Concerto Competition.
This past summer, Niiyama took part in a national recording project of the complete etudes by Cyrille Rose. The recordings will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon in the coming months.
Niiyama has been active as a teacher of clarinet for more than 20 years. She taught clarinet at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and clarinet and saxophone at the former Community Music School of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She served as the Clarinet Specialist at Columbus North High School. Niiyama has taught master classes in the United States (most recently at Illinois State University, Indiana University and DePauw University) and throughout the Chiba prefecture in Japan.
Niiyama has been interested in the scholarly study of all periods of music history. To this end, she has presented lectures and lecture/recitals at several venues including the College Music Society, where she presented a paper on the connection between the Jewish synagogue and Byzantine liturgical traditions. Keeping her love of music history alive, Ms. Niiyama teaches online Music Appreciation courses at Ivy Tech.
Ms. Niiyama studied clarinet with James Campbell and Howard Klug at Indiana University, where she earned the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and has completed the coursework towards the Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. She studied historical clarinet at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute with Eric Hoeprich. Kelley earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Central Arkansas where she studied with Kristina Belisle-Jones and Maureen Hurd Hause. Ms. Niiyama also studied with Tina Ward and George K. Mellott.
D.M. (in progress) Indiana University, M.M. Indiana University; B.M. University of Central Arkansas.