Tri-Cities’ own Kelly Noelle Parks received rigorous performance training from Columbia Basin College 2006-2008, earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Jazz Performance at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts in 2012, and is a recent Graduate of Eastern Washington University, earning a Master’s in Music and Teacher Certification in 2019. While at Eastern, she was involved in all four choirs, directing a beginning vocal jazz class, as well as studied classical voice with Spokane’s Susan Windham.
Her performance experience is broad in both classical and jazz realms. She has studied and performed classically with Tri-Cities’ own Carissa Simpson and performed jazz at various wineries. While in Seattle, she took part in many jazz jam sessions throughout the city and within Cornish College of the Arts, mingling with working musicians. This has given Kelly hands-on experience in performing with other professionals in “on-the-spot” situations that is part of the true tradition of a jazz experience. While studying at Eastern Washington University, she performed in two mass choir performances with the Spokane Symphony Chorale at the Fox Theatre. Kelly was also accepted to participate in a Master Class with famed American opera singer Thomas Hampson, from whom she received invaluable training.
Kelly believes in healthy vocal technique, no matter the music genre. Students are welcome to approach lessons with classical, jazz, musical theatre, and everything in between. She specializes in vocal jazz, which would involve improvisation, musical interpretation, and jazz listening assignments. A large part of the tradition of jazz is listening!
Kelly is excited to teach and can’t wait to HEAR YOU SING