Ms. O'Donnell enjoys a varied freelance career, either playing with local orchestras, teaching lessons, or performing educational recitals for residents in local Nursing Homes.
Throughout her career, she has placed in many competitions, most recently the 2019 MidSouth Flute Society's Young Artist Competition. In addition, she has also won 1st place in the James Pellerite Orchestral Excerpt Competition, 1st place in Butler County Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition, 2nd place in Duquesne University's Wind Concerto Competition, 3rd place in the Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh's Scholarship Competition, and was runner up in the Women's Advisory Board of Pittsburgh Scholarship Competition, and a finalist in the Pershing's Own Collegiate Solo Competition.
Kylee has enjoyed performing with the San Antonio Symphony, 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. Her learning was shaped also by attending the Domaine Forget International Music Academy where she performed for Emmanuel Pahud, Orford Arts Centre performing for Mathieu Dufour, Music Academy International Trentino Music Festival to study with Nicholas Duchamp, 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.
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. In addition to winning first place in the Orchestral Excerpt Competition, at this time Kylee also was featured as Principal Flutist on David Diamond's 'Music for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet' under the Naxos label with Indiana University's Chamber Orchestra.
During graduate school, she played Principal in the University Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra for 2 semesters, 2nd flute in the Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal and 2nd flute in the Conductor's and Adhoc Orchestras. 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. During her time in Pittsburgh, she founded the Chamber Group 'Duquesne Woodwind Trio', acting as manager, booker, and flutist. The group played in numerous weddings, churches, and nursing homes throughout the area, and also commissioned pieces by composer colleagues at Duquesne University. During this time she was also a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra .
Ms. O'Donnell 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. She has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Tribune Review, The Butler Eagle, The Cranberry Eagle, and IN Community Magazine.
Ms. O'Donnell currently has a private flute studio of 75 students in Leander, TX. During the summers, she teaches at Floot Fire Austin and The Creative Flutist Middle School Etudes Class. She lives with her cat Shosti (named after Shostakovich, of course) and 1 year old husky/lab/shepherd mix, Charlie.