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Renee 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.  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 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.  Renee is also a frequent recitalist and has appeared as a marimba soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH.  As a student, Renee 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, Renee was acting director of the percussion studio at Ohio Northern University for the fall semester of 2016.  She has also previously taught courses on Music Appreciation, World Music, History of Broadway, Percussion Methods and private lessons at various institutions including; Ohio State University in Lima, Ohio Northern University, Bluffton University, Ivy Tech Community College (Fort Wayne, IN), Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University. She has also taught percussion, drum set and piano lessons for many years.  Renee is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and currently serves as a member of the Scholarly Research Committee.

Renee 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. Renee completed her Doctoral studies in percussion at Northwestern University in 2013 where she was a student of Jim Ross and She-e Wu.