Renee Keller

Principal Timpani & Percussion

The Susan C. Johnson Chair

Renee Keller is the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus. She has previously held positions as Principal Percussionist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Percussionist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Percussionist with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN. As a freelancer, Renee has performed regularly with several orchestras around the country, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony, and with chamber groups at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Renee is also a recitalist and has appeared as a marimba soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and at Percussive Arts Society Ohio Day of Percussion. Renee’s percussion duo, Duoma, has performed at conferences and festivals, including the Music By Women Festival in 2018, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy in 2018, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors virtual conference in 2020, and high school percussion festivals around the state of in Ohio.

In addition to her performance activities, Renee is a lecturer of music at the Ohio State University at Lima and the Marketing and Education Coordinator with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Lima, OH. As a music scholar, Renee has been published numerous times in Percussive Notes and has vibraphone arrangements published by Pocket Publications, LLC.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan, Master of Music degree from Temple University, and Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.