Kelly Peterson Peral has made her career as a free-lance oboist in and around New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Cleveland and most recently Virginia, performing extensively with the Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, numerous Broadway shows, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, The Florida Orchestra, New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, National Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, and Roanoke Symphony, among others.
Kelly has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Music School Settlement, Miami’s New World School of the Arts and Florida International University as well as The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. She taught at the 2016 John Mack Oboe Camp in North Carolina, named for legendary American oboist John Mack who played with the Cleveland Orchestra for 36 years.
A Central Virginia native, Kelly Peral began her early musical training with Charlottesville’s own Yvaine Duisit (piano) and with David Goza (oboe). Her first orchestral experience was as a member of the Charlottesville Youth Orchestra (now YOCVA.) She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. Her major teachers include Daniel Stolper, John Mack and Elaine Douvas.
Kelly returned to Virginia in 2012. In addition to teaching and performing, she is exploring interests in gardening and the local farm to table movement. She has also discovered a love of tap dancing! She is proud to see her parents continuing to perform with the Orange Community Band which they helped bring into existence over 35 years ago and to witness her daughter taking part in many of the wonderful art, dance and music opportunities available in Central Virginia.