Washington, DC-based freelancer Kelsey Mire is a versatile woodwind specialist and experienced performer. Her instruments include bassoon (contrabassoon), clarinet (bass clarinet and E-flat clarinet), flute (piccolo, alto & bass flutes), and saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor baritone, bass). Mire typically plays 4-5 musicals per year and is available for orchestra work, studio recordings, jazz ensembles, and chamber ensembles. Her primary instrument is bassoon and she frequently plays with various regional orchestral ensembles, including Washington Concert Opera, Apollo Orchestra, and Manassas Ballet. Kelsey also plays clarinet for Capital Reeds and is a saxophone artist for P. Mauriat.
While in Nashville, Kelsey played several professional recording sessions with such clients as Garth Brooks, Disney, and junior musicals. 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.
Kelsey especially enjoys playing musicals and has played in pits for Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), Roundhouse Theatre (Bethesda, MD), national touring shows at TPAC (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. Kelsey has been a member of many ensembles, including the Chattanooga Symphony (bassoon), Music City Winds (bassoon), Odysseus Chamber Orchestra (bassoon), University of North Texas Concert Orchestra (bassoon), University of North Texas Two O'Clock Lab Band (baritone sax & bass clarinet), the 2010 Disneyland All-American College Band (tenor sax & piccolo), and University of North Texas Symphonic Band (clarinet).
Mire graduated in May 2013 with a master's degree in multiple woodwinds from the University of North Texas, where she studied bassoon with Kathleen Reynolds and clarinet with John Scott. She graduated In Honoribus with a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Northern State University in May 2011. Instructors include Kathleen Reynolds (bassoon), John Scott (clarinet), Fred Hemke (saxophone, woodwinds), Terri Sundberg (flute), Alan LaFave (clarinet), Carola Winkle (clarinet), Lisa Bost (flute), Charles Veazey (oboe), and Eric Nestler (saxophone)
When she's not playing, teaching, or making bassoon reeds, Kelsey can be found in her wood shop creating products for her small business - Potomac Wood Design. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, and taking walks with her dog. Her husband, Tyler Mire, is a composer/arranger and plays trumpet with the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble.