Michael Keelan is music director at Kansas Public Radio, a news/classical NPR network in the greater Kansas City area. He hosts recordings, interviews, and live performances weekdays from 9 AM-noon. Previously he hosted Nebraska Concerts on NET Radio in Lincoln.
Keelan began his career as a violinist with the Lincoln Symphony and his own musical family. He attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory near Cleveland, and was a member of the Fairfax (VA) Symphony outside Washington, D.C., while earning a master’s degree at the University of Maryland-College Park.
He served as full-time artist/instructor of upper strings at the Wausau (WI) Conservatory of Music from 2004-08, also conducting the Wausau Area Youth Symphony. In 2004 he began playing as concertmaster of the Green Bay Symphony, continuing until 2013, where he worked with numerous international soloists. While there, he conducted for the symphony’s youth orchestra program.
In the summers of 2010 and 2011 he taught and conducted at Baldwin Wallace’s Summer Music Institute, and he returned in 2014 as recitalist for the university’s nationally known festival of J.S. Bach’s music. In 2011, he was soloist with the Sioux City (IA) Symphony in John Corigliano's Red Violin Chaconne, and in 2012 served as guest concertmaster of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for the convention of the International Clarinet Association.
From 2011-15 he played extensively for the Omaha Symphony and became a member, concurrently teaching strings at Concordia University-Nebraska. He worked regularly as a coach and adjudicator with Omaha and Nebraska all-state youth orchestras.