Keith earned his doctorate from West Virgina University (2017) where he was the flute graduate teaching assistant and performed in the graduate wind quintet. He earned his M.M. from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005) and his B.A. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1998).
Keith has presented lectures, master classes, and performances throughout Europe and the United States. He has presented for clinics at the University of Virginia, Frostburg State University, Fairmont State University, West Virginia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Missouri Southern State University, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and the National Flute Association 2012 Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Before he began his career as a college professor, he served in the United States Army as a bandsman. He was the former piccolo and associate principal flute with the 33rd Army Band in Heidelberg, Germany. Currently a member of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, he has recorded on the Klavier and Citadel labels with the ensemble. Previously he served as the assistant principal flute with the Richmond Philharmonic, piccolo for the Commonwealth Winds, and flutist for the Virginia Wind Quintet. Keith has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, Mountainside Baroque (on traverso), and flute and piccolo with the Allegany Symphony.
His teachers: Carl Adams, Francile Bilyeu, Nina Assimakopoulos, Jennifer Lawson, Barbara Hois, Lynette Hess-Smith, Patricia Bickle-Brennan, and Joey Payton. Master classes
Master classes: Stephen Preston, Christopher Chaffee, Alison Brown Sincof, Michael Parloff, Charles Brinks, Marianne Gedigian, Roger Martin, and Donna Wissinger.
Keith taught applied flute, aural skills, and directed the flute choir at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD for three years. He served on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the departments of Music, and Dance and Choreography where he taught music theory and interdisciplinary studies in dance.
Keith is currently faculty at John Tyler Community College and maintains an active private teaching studio in Cumberland, Maryland. He is on the Board of Directors for the Flute Society of Washington and is an active member of Delta Omicron professional international music fraternity. Along with Amanda Taylor, he co-founded The Flute Examiner, an online publication & newsletter about the flute & flute pedagogy. He performs on both modern and historical instruments with his duo partner, Amara Guitry. Together they co-founded the io ensemble, which serves to highlight the flute through the performance of a wide variety of repertoire and the use of historical and modern instruments. Since moving to Cumberland, Maryland in 2015, Keith has co-founded the Queen City Flute Workshops and Queen City Flute Choir with a local teacher, flutist, and friend Sarah Jackson.
Keith is a clinician for Trevor James Flutes
He performs on a 9k gold Miyazawa flute with Brögger System, Keefe piccolo, Pearl alto flute, Trevor James bass flute. He performs on a copy of a G.A. Rotenburg by Martin Wenner and a copy of a Palanca by Christian Céspedes.
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