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Dr. Kellen King is a music educator, performer, and freelance percussionist located in Austin, TX. Kellen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College, and two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Western Michigan University. He has studied with Gordon Stout, Dr. Thomas Burritt, Leigh Howard Stevens, Judy Moonert, Conrad Alexander, Greg Evans, and Tony Edwards. Kellen is an avid educator, researcher, and well-versed performer in classical and contemporary percussion, having spent most of career focusing on solo, chamber, and electroacoustic music.

Kellen has performed a number of solo, chamber, and large ensemble concerts with Ensemble X, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble (PASIC, 2015), The University of Texas Percussion Ensemble (PASIC, 2016), The University of Texas New Music Ensemble as a soloist (2018), as well as being a featured guest artist at Western Michigan University and many other institutions. As an educator, Kellen has instructed at prestigious institutions such as, The University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Western Michigan University.

Kellen has taught and arranged music at an array of music organizations across the United States; teaching elite competitive marching band, applied lessons, steel pan ensembles, jazz ensembles, masterclasses, and chamber music. One of these organizations is Leander High School (6th place Bands of America Grand National Finals, 2016), one of the most successful music programs in the United States, where he has served as the front ensemble coordinator since 2015 and has a private percussion studio coaching collegiate level percussion ensemble repertoire and applied lesson literature. Kellen specializes in all forms of percussion: keyboard percussion, snare drum, multiple percussion, world percussion, drumset, and electroacoustic percussion.