Jeremy Keaton is a composer, performer, and arts administrator based in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition in 2020. Currently, he is the concert coordinator for the Department of Music at UMBC where he oversees the logistics of the department’s concert series.
As a composer, he specializes primarily in chamber music and his music has been performed by a variety of professional ensembles. In 2018, his Pierrot ensemble piece Pendulum was premiered by the resident artist ensemble at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. The Strata trio premiered his piano, violin, and clarinet work A Force that Gives Us Meaning in 2019 at UMBC. The UMBC Chamber Players have programmed his pieces Not All Who Wander, for string quartet, and Degrees of Freedom, for trumpet, violin, and cello. An alum of the interdisciplinary Linehan Artist Scholars program at UMBC, he has collaborated with members of the UMBC dance department as a composer and performer. In 2019, he performed Einojuhani Rautavaara’s solo cello sonata for Emily Godfrey’s dance stoP ActiNg hysterICal at the UMBC Fall Dance Showcase. He co-composed The Next Phrase, a dance score for Emily Godfrey’s capstone work terminal, with Christian Hartman. The piece was presented at the American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic North Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park in March. In May 2020, his electronic work U.A.F was used in choreography by his twin sister Joni as part of her dance capstone project at the University of Oklahoma.
In the summers of 2017 and 2018, he was an intern for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Academy Week program for adult amateur musicians. In the summer of 2020, he attended Eastman School of Music’s Leadership Academy program where he explored the fields of arts administration and entrepreneurship. As a cellist, he has performed with the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, Cello Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble, and even spent one semester in the UMBC Jazz ensemble. He now regularly performs with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He also enjoys musical theater and frequently appears in pit orchestras for community theaters in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, playing cello, piano, or guitar.
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B.A. in Music Composition, UMBC (2020)