Choirs: Chorale, Encore
Mrs. Kelli Falls currently teaches at Parker Middle School in Howell, Michigan. In addition to teaching vocal music, Kelli has been teaching a Teen Leadership class through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program. She is involved in the success of many school and community programs. Kelli has also performed the roles of director, music director and choreographer for eighteen full-scale musicals at the middle school level. Most audience members leave the performances commenting on how amazing the shows are; they can’t believe that middle school kids could put on such professional productions!
Kelli earned two undergraduate degrees (Music Education K-12 and Elementary Education with minors in Math and Science) from Western Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. Knowing the importance of training high-quality music teachers, Mrs. Falls has mentored over twenty five student teachers and taught middle school choral methods courses at Western Michigan University as well as leading workshops for other state universities.
In service to MSVMA, Kelli has served as a clinician, adjudicator, JH/MS repertoire liaison, district manager, district honors choir director, fall clinic manager Adjudication Committee and the Middle School Rubric Committee.. She also served on the ACDA State Board as the Junior Repertoire and Standards Chair. She has led conference sessions at ACDA Michigan and ACDA Divisional, MMC and MSVMA summer workshops about vocal tone, music teacher evaluations, sight-reading, middle school musical theater, male voices in the middle school choir room, conducting and many more. Kelli served as the State SA Honors Choir Director in 2006 and SSA State Honors Choir Director in 2014, Honors Choir Director for District Honors Choirs, has worked as a clinician in several schools and is a committed adjudicator for festivals. In 2017, Kelli was awarded Teacher of the Year by MSVMA and her peers across the State. This is a huge honor and Kelli is very humbled by this awesome award.
To foster musical excellence within her community, Mrs. Falls directed the Livingston County Chorale Children’s Choir for four years, and is currently in her seventh year as Director of the Livingston County Chorale. She is the new director of the annual (84th year) Hartland, Handel’s Messiah Sing with the Hartland Community Choir.
Additional conducting experience includes: the Select Middle School SSAA Choir at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (BLFAC) for twelve years; 2013/2014 BLFAC International High School Director; SSAA High School Select Women’s ensemble at BLFAC 2016/2017.
Kelli’s performance credits include: the featured soprano soloist with the BLFAC Festival Band – a performance which aired live around the world in the summer of 2006; three years with the Tibbits Opera House Summer Theater; six years as member and featured soloist for the Hillsdale Arts Chorale and three years with the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers. She currently performs as a classical soloist in the community, a member of a professional quartet and she sings with the Livingston County Premier Big Band, an eighteen-piece jazz band based in the Howell area.
Mrs. Kelli Falls’ love is music and her passion is teaching. It is her belief that every singer has the potential to excel to greatness. She believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire. Kelli loves life and is very grateful for the support of her wonderful husband, family and friends.