Anthea Kechley believes that a strong technical foundation on the instrument ultimately leads to expressive musical freedom. She strives to help students recognize each piece of music, each phrase, each note as an opportunity to express an idea, image, or emotion, and to harness the tools they have developed through practice to convey it.
As a classically trained flutist, Anthea teaches students flute music of all eras from Baroque to contemporary works. She likes lessons to be interactive, providing tried and true guidance through practice methodology, but also allowing space for creativity and departure from the usual standards. Anthea has held faculty positions at Brookline Music School, Miami Music Project, and Williams College.
As an orchestra musician, Anthea is Principal Flutist of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with New Bedford Symphony, Emmanuel Music, Cape Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, Phoenix Orchestra, The Philadelphia Singers, Florida Grand Opera, and Sarasota Orchestra and Ballet, among many others. She has collaborated as a chamber musician with Williams Chamber Players, Sound Icon, Mimesis Ensemble, and Camerata Ighme in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Solo projects have included An Evening of Eastern European Music, Music Without Borders, and Crosswinds: Folk-Inspired Music From Four Continents. She appeared as soloist with Eureka Ensemble performing J.S. Bach Suite in B Minor, and with The Chelsea Symhony in NYC performing Franz Doppler’s Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise .
As a student, Anthea was the recipient of the Keith Lockhart Scholarship Award by Brevard Music Center, the Nadine Asin & Thomas van Straaten Scholarship by Aspen Music Festival, the Samuel Berkman Scholarship and Best of Chamber Music Award by The Hartt School, and the Stella Mae Hepworth Music Award by Williston Northampton School. She was a finalist in the Aspen Woodwind Concerto Competition with Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major, in the Mannes College Concerto Competition with the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto, and in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Woodwind Prize competition, as well as a two-time prize winner of The Bennington Choral Society Competition.
Anthea has a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music, where she studied with Keith Underwood, and a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Flute Performance from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK.
Outside of her musical and professional activities, Anthea enjoys good food and coffee, yoga, and dance parties with her toddler.