Kylee O'Donnell is a flute teacher and performer newly relocated to Austin, TX, where she teaches private flute lessons full-time. She currently teaches at Austin High School, O. Henry Middle School, Lamar Middle School, Artie Henry Middle School, Round Rock High School, Manor Senior High School, Burnet High School, and Burnet Middle School.
Ms. O'Donnell enjoys a varied freelance career, either playing with local orchestras, teaching flute and piano lessons, or performing educational recitals for residents in local Nursing Homes.
Prior to moving to Austin, Kylee received her Masters Degree in Flute Performance from Indiana University Bloomington's Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Thomas Robertello. A Pittsburgh native, she received her Bachelors in Flute Performance from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, where she studied with Rhian Kenny and Damian Bursill-Hall.
Throughout her career, she has won first place in the James Pellerite Orchestral Excerpt Competition, first place in Butler County Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition, second place in Duquesne University's Wind Concerto Competition, runner up in the Women's Advisory Board of Pittsburgh Scholarship Competition, third place in the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh's Scholarship Competition, and was a finalist in the Pershing's Own Collegiate Solo Competition.
She has performed with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, Terra Haute Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Butler County Symphony Orchestra, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Eager to learn, Kylee has attended the Domaine Forget International Music Academy, Orford Arts Centre, Music Academy International Trentino Music Festival, The Consummate Flutist, and numerous other masterclasses and workshops. She has been fortunate to share the stage with conductors such as David Effron, Carl St. Clair, Manfred Honeck, Franz Welser-Most, David Jackson, Christopher Larkin, Stefan Lano, Arthur Fagen, Marzio Conti, Andrea Quinn, and Thomas Wilkins. Masterclasses performances include Emmanuel Pahud, Mathieu Dufour, Nicholas Duchamp, Bernard Goldberg, and Denis Bluteau.
Kylee is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has enjoyed performing throughout the United States, Italy, and Canada. Her recordings have been featured on WQED-FM Pittsburgh, and she has been interviewed on WQED-FM and the Butler Symphony Radio show. Kylee was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Tribune Review, The Butler Eagle, The Cranberry Eagle, and IN Community Magazine after winning the Butler County Symphony Orchestra competition in undergrad. Kylee can be heard as the Principal Flutist on David Diamond's 'Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet' under the Naxos label with Indiana University's Chamber Orchestra.