Dennis Keller, Faculty in the Music Department
See also Dennis Keller's faculty website.
Dennis Keller accepted the appointment as choral conductor and vocal instructor at Ohlone College in 1985, where he founded the Ohlone Chamber Singers. Since that time Mr. Keller has achieved the academic ranking of Full Professor in Music and continues to serve in this capacity. In addition Mr. Keller has served as coordinator and "lead" teacher of vocal studies at the College. His formal training includes: a Bachelor of Music Education from Mount Union College, a Masters in Music from the University of Arizona, and he has completed graduate course work for the DMA, at the University of Southern California. In addition Mr. Keller has participated in the Summer Vocal Institute in Graz, Austria, and studied conducting with Eric Ericson, Rodney Eichenberger, Dr. Maurice Skones, Dr. Douglas Pritchard, and Dr. Bruce Browne.
Professor Keller has traveled regularly to China since 2006, serving as Visiting Scholar at Universities and Academies in Hangzhou, Dalian, Chengdu, Shenyang, Harbin, Ji'nan, Ji'lin, Guangzhou, and Inner Mongolia. He leads vocal master-classes (teaching students and faculty), choral and conducting workshops, lectures on Western musical styles, and consults with faculty and administrators on curriculum and Western pedagogical practices. During the school year 2011-2012 he served as a full-time professor at Dalian Arts College, and lecturer at Liaoning Normal University.
Before accepting the position at Ohlone College, Mr. Keller had taught music at all levels of public schools, and has an extensive background in church music leadership. Recipient of three sabbatical leaves from Ohlone College Mr. Keller accepted an invitation to study conducting privately with Eric Ericson in Stockholm, Sweden; participated in World Music Seminars in Istanbul, Turkey and Cairo, Egypt. During his most recent sabbatical, Spring 2006, he served as a Visiting Scholar to the People's Republic of China at the Liaoning Normal University, and the Zheijang Vocational Academy of the Arts, and served as choral clinician in Melbourne and Perth, Australia. Beginning his 29th year at Ohlone, he continues his full-time teaching and is active as a choral festival adjudicator and voice teacher.