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Kellen King

Western Oregon University
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies
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Dr. Kellen King is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University. He directs the WOU Percussion Ensemble, oversees large ensemble percussion sections, teaches applied lessons, and lectures a variety of music courses. He has performed at PASIC, TMEA, MMC, and has been featured as a guest artist at a number of institutions. 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. As an educator, Kellen has previously instructed at The University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Cornell University.

Kellen has performed a number of solo, chamber, and large ensemble concerts, including PASIC performances with The University of Texas Percussion Ensemble and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, in addition to soloing with the The University of Texas New Music Ensemble and being a featured guest artist at Western Michigan University. During his education, Kellen studied with Dr. Thomas Burritt, Gordon Stout, Judy Moonert, Tony Edwards, Conrad Alexander, and Greg Evans.

Kellen is currently the Front Ensemble Arranger for Genesis Percussion Independent World ensemble. Additionally, he has served as the front ensemble coordinator at Leander High School (6th place Bands of America Grand National Finals, 2016) from 2015-2019. 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.

Kellen earned his degrees from Western Michigan University (B.M. Music Education and Music Performance), Ithaca College (M.M. Percussion Performance), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Percussion Performance).

Kellen is an artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, and Zildjian.