THE ANN & TOM HOAGLIN CHAIR
Renée Keller, a native of Rochester, NY, is an active percussionist and teacher based in Lima, OH. She currently holds the position of Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus. Since summer 2014, Renée has also participated as an orchestra member at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN. She has previously held positions as Principal Percussionist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, percussionist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has performed with a number of orchestras around the country including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Renée is also a frequent recitalist and has appeared as a marimba soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH. As a student, Renée attended a number of selective music summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, CO), Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA), National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO), the National Orchestral Institute (College Park, MD), and the Hot Springs Music Festival (Hot Springs, AR).
In addition to her performance activities, Renée teaches adjunct courses on Music Appreciation and World Music at Ohio State University in Lima and courses on Percussion Methods and private percussion lessons at Bluffton University. She has previously taught courses at Ivy Tech Community College (Fort Wayne, IN), Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University. She has also taught percussion, drumset and piano lessons for many years. Renée is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and currently serves as a member of the Scholarly Research Committee.
Renée holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan where she studied with Michael Udow and a Master of Music degree from Temple University in Philadelphia where she studied with Alan Abel and Angela Zator-Nelson. She also spent six months in Paris in 2003 studying percussion and timpani with Frederic Macarez. Renée completed her Doctoral studies in percussion at Northwestern University in 2013 where she was a student of Jim Ross and She-e Wu.