Teaching artist, cellist

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Kyna N. Elliott

Kyna Elliott is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music where she earned her master’s degree in cello performance.  Currently, Kyna is earning an Educational Doctorate in Leadership degree, and is a doctoral candidate finishing her dissertation on the efficacy of arts integration on intercultural competency in international students.  As a cellist, she has performed with orchestras under conductors from The Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, given recitals across the United States and Europe and participated in master classes with Janos Starker, Glen Dicterow, Gary Hoffman, and chamber music coaching with the Tokyo String Quartet.  She continues to perform with orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the United States and Europe.


As an educator, she has designed and led fine arts programs for middle, high, charter, and private schools in the United States, as well as served as head of music of colleges in the United Kingdom.  She has been invited and given talks  at state, national, and international conferences on using the arts for social change.  In 2017 Kyna was selected to be a part of The Lincoln Centers Leadership and Advocacy group which brought together leaders in teaching artistry across the globe to further discuss and develop teaching artistry and leadership. Kyna has a private studio where she teaches cellists of all ages and abilities, and is orchestra director at a private school in Atlanta, Georgia.  She serves as Orchestra Chair for private schools in the state of Georgia governed by the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), and is finishing her doctorate in leadership specializing in international education. Her dissertation focuses on how to use the arts to help mitigate issues of acculturation within refugee communities.  She continues to work with marginalized communities using music as a tool for resiliency and social change.

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Changing Narratives



Kyna is currently developing and launching a music program to build psycho-social and resiliency skills in Syrian and Iraqi child refugees suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder living in Istanbul, Turkey.  Working with a foundation comprised of clinical psychologists who specialize in refugee trauma recovery, the program seeks to change the negative narrative surrounding refugee children by providing them with resiliency skills through music enabling them to further develop critical thinking skills to define and narrate their own future.

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June 2018

Working with middle school student volunteers and arts teacher in a private school in Atlanta, Georgia, students learned about life as a child refugee and how empathy and art works to improve the lives of others.  Students donated their time and resources to hand make over 50 art sketchbooks for refugee children living in Istanbul, Turkey and personalized each sketchbook with an inspirational quote to let them know across the world other children were thinking about them and encouraging them to create a positive future.



(v.) to travel with the knowledge that the journey is more important than reaching a destination


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