Music Instructor - Strings
Office: Music Center 117
Office phone: 402-643-7282
Michael Keelan began his career as a member of the Lincoln Symphony, besides performing with the Omaha Symphony and his own musical family. He attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory near Cleveland, and from 2002-04 was a member of the Fairfax (VA) Symphony outside Washington, D.C., while attending the University of Maryland.
He served as full-time artist/instructor of upper strings at the Wausau (WI) Conservatory of Music from 2004-08, also conducting the Wausau Area Youth Symphony. In 2004 he began playing as concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony, continuing until 2013, in which capacity he worked with numerous international soloists.
He was additionally principal second violin of Appleton's Fox Valley Symphony during 2008-11. In 2009 he received an arts management certificate from the University of Massachusetts.
During the summers of 2010 and 2011 he taught at Baldwin Wallace’s Summer Music Institute, and he returned to Baldwin Wallace in the spring of 2014 as a recitalist in their nationally recognized festival of J.S. Bach’s music.
In 2011, he was soloist with the Sioux City (IA) Symphony in Corigliano's Red Violin Chaconne, and in 2012 served as guest concertmaster of the Lincoln Symphony.
Besides the youth orchestra in Wausau, he conducted the Green Bay Youth Symphony's Philharmonia Orchestra in 2009-11, and now adjudicates for Omaha and statewide youth orchestras.
His playing has been aired on Nebraska and Wisconsin public radio, and he is often heard as an announcer and host on NET Radio. His violin teachers were Elisabeth Adkins, Julian Ross, Anton Miller, and Morris Collier.
M.M., University of Maryland - College Park
B.M., summa cum laude, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Applied Strings and Classroom String Methods