Washington, DC-based freelancer Kelsey Mire is an experienced musical theatre musician. She plays bassoon, saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Click here for a full list. Kelsey plays several shows per year and is also available for orchestra work, studio recordings, jazz and chamber ensembles. Her primary instrument is bassoon and she occasionally plays with various regional orchestral ensembles, including Washington Concert Opera, Apollo Orchestra, and Manassas Ballet. Kelsey plays clarinet for Capital Reeds and is a saxophone artist for P. Mauriat.
Kelsey enjoys playing shows at a variety of theatres across the DC metro area including Ford's Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, and Roundhouse Theatre. She has played shows at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville, TN), the Grand Ole Opry (Nashville, TN), Nashville Repertory Theatre, StudioTenn (Nashville, TN), Uptown Players (Dallas, TX), the Black Hills Playhouse (South Dakota), and various community theaters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
While in Nashville, Kelsey was a session musician for projects with MTI Broadway Junior, Garth Brooks, and the Walt Disney Company. Live shows include work with Idina Menzel, Patti LaBelle, and others. She played 2nd bassoon with the Chattanooga Symphony for their 2015-2016 season and has subbed with the Huntsville Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, and Alabama Symphony. Mire played baritone saxophone/bass clarinet with the Tyler Mire Big Band and was member of the University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band for two years while completing her master's degree.
When she's not making bassoon reeds, Kelsey enjoys woodworking and running/hiking outdoors with her dog Jackson. Her husband, Tyler Mire, is a composer/arranger and plays trumpet with the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble.
Master of Music, Performance (Multiple Woodwinds)
University of North Texas: Denton, Texas
Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental Music)
Northern State University: Aberdeen, South Dakota
Bassoon: Kathleen Reynolds, Frederic J.B. Hemke
Clarinet: John Scott, Alan LaFave, Carola Winkle
Flute: Terri Sundberg, Lisa Bost, Frederic J.B. Hemke
Saxophone: Eric Nestler, Frederic J.B. Hemke
Oboe: Charles Veazey, Frederic J.B. Hemke
Chamber Music: Terry Reynolds