Renee Keller

Principal Timpani & Percussion

The Michael & Jody Croley Jones Chair

Renee Keller is the Principal Timpanist/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. She has performed regularly with a number of orchestras around the country including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Toledo Symphony. Renee’s percussion duo, Duoma, has a focus of bringing relatable and accessible classically-oriented music to all audiences with a focus on performing original works and arrangements, including works focused on introducing students to chamber music and extended techniques. Duoma has performed at conferences and festivals including the 2018 Music By Women Festival in Mississippi, the 2018 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy in Arkansas, the 2020 National Association of College Winds and Percussion Instructors, and high school percussion festivals in Ohio.

In addition to being a player, Renee is Marketing and Education Coordinator at the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Lima, OH, where she is responsible for developing original educational content and programs for the Symphony. Renee is also lecturer of music at The Ohio State University at Lima where she regularly teaches courses on music cultures and music history. Renee has previously taught courses on percussion and music at a number of universities including Bowling Green State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Northwestern University, Northeast Illinois University, Bluffton University, Ohio Northern University, and Ivy Tech Community College. Renee also has an interest in percussion scholarship and research, with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. She 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. Renee’s principal teachers include Ruth Cahn, Michael Udow, Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, Frederic Macarez, Jim Ross, and She-e Wu.