Meet the Musician: Colin Kiely
Colin Kiely credits his mother with finding the viola. He began playing the violin at age four but over the years, listening to his mother sing alto(she was in professional theatre), he realized that her voice corresponded to the sound of a viola.
“Playing symphonic music is like emulating the human voice,” he adds. “The human voice is the pinnacle and we are striving to reach that quality when we play.”
A native of Chicago, and yes, a big Cubs baseball fan, he misses the change of seasons but not the winters. “After I went to college at USC, I got used to those California winters. Here in Jacksonville we really love the beach,” he adds.
And Jacksonville is where he met his wife. It was literally the girl next door. His roommate at the time was jogging down the street in Riverside and saw a ‘for rent’ sign. The building suited their needs and Colin’s wife, Amy, was a neighbor. As they say, the rest is history or in this case, matrimony.
He and Amy have three children: Emma who is being trained in classical ballet, Caroline who plays the violin, piano and French horn and Ben, a baseball all-star. Who knows, maybe Ben will grow up to play Cubs baseball and help break that World Series curse.