Kimberly Reighley, Professor of Flute at West Chester University, enjoys a versatile performing career. In addition to her position as principal flute with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, she also plays principal flute with the Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware, and Princeton Opera Festival, and piccolo with the Reading Symphony. She is the founding member and Co-Artistic director of the chamber ensemble, Mélomanie, an ensemble that pairs early and contemporary works performed on both period and modern instruments. She is also a member of the Quintsylvania Winds, faculty woodwind quintet at West Chester University. This ensemble gave its debut performance at Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in May 2008 performing American Wind Music. She is a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Network for New Music, and in theater productions at the Merriam Theater, Forrest Theater, Walnut Street Theater and Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, for fifteen years, she performed at the internationally acclaimed, Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California.
Winner of the 2015 Delaware State Arts Council Masters fellowship in Music, Reighley has performed as a guest artist with Arco Voce, Brandywine Baroque, Pro Musica Rara, and Le Triomphe de l’Amour, and has appeared as a soloist on baroque flute, modern flute, piccolo and alto flute at the Carmel Bach Festival, the National Flute Association Convention, and with the Delaware Symphony and Reading Symphony. Reviews of her solo performances have included the following: “Reighley’s solos, spiky and playful in the outer movements, long-lined and reflective in the Andante, rode easily atop the orchestra’s interruptions and occasional duets. The effect was of opera buffa with a heart-melting center.” (The News Journal) “Flutist Kimberly Reighley…playing a Baroque wooden flute produced a sound almost unearthly in its purity and transparency….There was such a lovely effortless quality about Reighley’s music making that I never wanted this performance to end…It would be difficult to imagine this sonata played any better.” (Carmel Pinecone) ” Reighley’s technique was dazzling, her playing sheer joy.” (Reading Eagle) She can be heard on the Lyrichord label performing works of Telemann and on the Meyer Media label on Mélomanie’s Excursions & Florescence, Mark Hagerty’s Forays.