Litchfield High School graduate Chelsea Knox, second from right, plays flute in the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. On Tuesday, she was at the high school to lead a workshop for music students. With Knox are, from left, Natalie McDermott, Madison Carr and Annabelle Shanks, all freshmen. BZ photos

Litchfield High School graduate Chelsea Knox was back at the school this week for the first time since her graduation in 2006 to share her skills with students in the school’s band.
Chelsea Knox plays the flute in the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and conducted a clinic for flutists in the band. She was invited to school by music teacher Dan Porri.
“It was inspiring to have someone at the peak of the profession work with our students and tell her story,” Porri said. “She is a remarkable example of perseverance and what can be accomplished with dedication, time and patience.
Knox joined the Metropolitan Opera last September after a stint with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She previously played with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton, N.J., Symphony Orchestra after earning bachelor and master’s degrees in music at the Juilliard School in New York.
“It’s a dream job I feel very lucky to have,” Knox said. “It’s a treat to go to work every night and be inspired by the great musicians around me, and I love being in New York and feeling the energy of the city.”
In high school, Knox was a student of former music teacher Steve Brooks. Brooks, she said, gave her the freedom to practice whenever she had free time during school.

Below, Chelsea Knox conducts her workshop. 



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