Kailey Richards is currently studying in the Master of Historical Performance program at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Jeanne Lamon. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, was the recipient of a Premier Young Artist Award, and was named an Indiana University Founders Scholar. She has performed with many ensembles including the Theatre of Early Music, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Cor Unum Ensemble, Rezonance, and Generation Harmonique. She was a previous student of Julia Wedman and Patricia Ahern in Toronto and has participated in both the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the Tafelmusik Winter Institute. She has also attended the Oberlin Baroque Institute where she worked with Marilyn McDonald and Marc Desturbé; and the International School of Improvisation in Italy where she studied with Davide Monti. She is originally from Ottawa where she began her studies with Daniel Taylor and Adrian Butterfield.
Kailey is also extremely passionate about education and outreach. During her studies at Indiana University, she worked with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig in the Indiana University String Academy (where Joshua Bell began his studies). She also has worked as the Program Coordinator of the Ottawa-based program, OrKidstra. The El Sistema inspired program is dedicated to empowering children and building community through music. She has combined what she has learned working in the string academy with the teaching philosophies of the Suzuki Institute and the El Sistema programs into her own teaching approach.