Dana Woolard-Hughlett, M.M.

Adjunct Instructor in Music, Cello Instructor, Chamber Music Coordinator Music, Music Education

Dana Woolard-Hughlett serves as an instructor of music education, chamber music and cello. An active performer, instructor, adjudicator and clinician in the area, she has performed with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, many of the area’s symphony orchestras and William Jewell ensembles such as Liberty Symphony Orchestra, opera productions and Cardinalis. Internationally, she has performed with baroque vocal and instrumental ensembles and faculty members of the Chigiana Festival  in Italy and in Switzerland with the Sessioni per la Musica based in Siena. She has been a faculty member of Avila University, Graceland University and Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Camp, and in 2018 was honored with the Missouri American String Teacher Collegiate Educator Award.

As principal cellist of the Inspiration Point Opera Festival, she performed at the opening of the Walton Arts Center and recorded for NPR. While at Inspiration Point, she performed and taught with members of the Brevard Festival at the Inspiration Point Chamber Festival. Woolard Hughlett enjoys many styles of music, performing in more than 30 professional musical productions at the Missouri Rep Theater, Starlight Theater and the Missouri Theater Heritage, including the world premier of "Between the Lines" at the Missouri Rep Theater and with Broadway performer Shoshana Bean. She has performed with the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Sir Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Peter Gabriel, Kansas City’s New Ear Ensemble, Gamelan Genta Kasturi with composer Jeffrey Ruckman at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and with more popular artists at Kansas City's T Mobile Center.


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City