Kelsey Benigni is a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Montour High School. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree, graduating summa cum laude from Duquesne University, and was awarded both the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Music Teacher Education Award for excellence in scholarship and research and the Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award for academic excellence. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Music Education degree at Boston University.
At Duquesne, Ms. Benigni studied classical piano and was awarded two Excellence in Piano Performance recognition awards by the university piano faculty. She also sang and served as an alto section leader in Duquesne University’s Pappert Chorale. While completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Benigni taught instrumental music at St. Benedict the Moor School and worked as the drumline instructor at Carlynton Jr/Sr High School for three seasons.
Ms. Benigni began her teaching career as the 4th–6th grade instrumental music teacher at Lenape Elementary School in the Armstrong School District. She is now teaching at Quaker Valley Middle School, where she teaches 6th–8th grade band and chorus, is the music director for the middle school musical, and is the assistant director of the Quaker Valley High School Marching Band.
Outside of teaching, Ms. Benigni is an active musician: she recently accompanied the 2019 PMEA District 1 Elementary Sing Fest, is an accompanist on the artistic staff of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, has served as a choral section leader, accompanist, and solo pianist at Faith United Methodist Church in Fox Chapel, and regularly accompanies local school choral programs.
Ms. Benigni is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).