Renée 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 is also a frequent recitalist and has appeared as a marimba soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and at the Percussive Arts Society Ohio Day of Percussion. Renee’s percussion duo, Duoma, has a focus of performing original works and especially works by women. Duoma was invited to perform original works composed by members Renee Keller and Sarah Waters at the 2018 Music By Women Festival in Mississippi and the 2018 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy in Arkansas.

Renee is a lecturer of music at The Ohio State University at Lima. Renee has previously taught courses on percussion or 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 is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Scholarly Research Committee and the PAS Diversity Alliance and is committed to continuing research into areas of percussion history, performance practices and diversity and acceptance in the field of percussion. 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.