Kelley Rogers Niiyama has appeared across the United States and in Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, lecturer, and musical theater pit player. In demand as a soloist, she has performed with orchestras and bands throughout the United States.
Ms. Niiyama has performed with a variety of orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony, and Muncie Symphony orchestra. Ms. Niiyama held the principal position with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra and played principal clarinet with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Indiana, where she served as President of the Board of Directors and as a member of the board for several years.
Niiyama has been active as a teacher of clarinet for more than 20 years. Before she started teaching at Indiana State University, she taught clarinet at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, woodwinds at Vincennes University, 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.
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. Niiyama 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.
M.M. Indiana University; B.M. University of Central Arkansas.