Kelly Gronli is a native of Vienna, Virginia where she began her oboe studies at the age of 10 as a student of English Hornist, Richard White. She quickly gained recognition as an outstanding young talent, winning several solo and chamber music competitions. Destined for a career in music, Kelly went on to receive her Bachelor degree in music performance from The Harid Conservatory under the tutelage of John Dee. Dee then referred Kelly to his former teacher, Ray Still, with whom she studied at Northwestern University where she earned her Master of Music Performance degree. After graduate school Kelly won a second Oboe position with the Tacoma (WA) symphony and Principal position with the Bellevue (WA) Philharmonic. Soon after beginning her career in Washington, she won Principal oboe positions with the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theater. As a result, she moved to Portland in 2002 where she also holds the Principal oboe position with the Portland Opera orchestra. Additionally, Kelly has played solo works with the Eugene Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra and the Oregon Festival of American Music. In 2012 she recorded the Schoenberg arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble under the MSR Classics label. Kelly has also played with the Oregon Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Opera. In addition to performing and teaching private lessons, Kelly serves on the boards of the Local 99 Musician’s union and the PTA at Woodstock Elementary school.
Kelly resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Patrick; their 6 year old son, Dane; and their 2 year old daughter, Piper.