Kelsey Leahy

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Oboe Rockstar--Music Librarian--Organizational Wizard--Handy Woman--Packing and Moving--Mending and Tending--Cat Wrangler--Origami Mami
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Spartanburg, SC
29 years old
Work Information
Freelance Oboist

Wofford College 2010, BA in Sociology
Currently employed as the Evening and Weekend Circulation Assistant

Converse College 2015, BA in Music
Currently employed as a private oboe instructor through the Lawson Academy

Also employed at QuikTrip since October 2014.

I have always been a maker and a tinkerer. I was known as the Puzzle Girl at my local library in Myrtle Beach because of the Puzz 3Ds depicting foreign monuments I donated to place in the children's section. I used to take electronics apart to see what was inside, but I wasn't very good at putting things back together. In second grade I made a 3D scale model of my parent's house out of poster board. My father owned his own auto body shop when I was young, and I would work there after school before going to dance class around the corner.

I learned how to do origami at Chapin Library during a summer program and I continue to do origami today whenever and wherever I am, including bars when it becomes Barigami! I recently completed folding and stringing together 1000 cranes made out of cigarette foil (I've never smoked one), and hung the 50 strands of cranes in a bird cage. (20 cranes on each strand with 42 seed beads to hold the cranes in place).

I am a professional freelance oboist, playing gigs at different churches, schools, and bars around town. I also teach private lessons to middle schoolers through the Lawson Academy at Converse College. Part of being an oboist is making your own reeds, which is a long and grueling process, but worth it to play on a quality reed. I sell my reeds to my students and they will be available for purchase online in November 2017.

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