Focusing on the works of Florence Price, Nadia Boulanger, and William Grant Still in this performance, concert artist, chamber musician, and continuo player Nicole Keller specializes in eclectic programs suited to instrument and audience with a desire to expand the listener’s horizons, pairing familiar sounds and genres with those less familiar. Associate Organist at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Cleveland, Keller has performed in the US and abroad in such venues as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Paris, and many more.
Keller is in demand as a concert artist, adjudicator, and clinician. She has concertized in the States and abroad in venues such as Dom St. Stephan, Passau; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland; and The Kazakh National University for the Arts, Astana, Kazakhstan; among others.
Keller’s performances with orchestras include concertos, works for small chamber orchestra, and large works involving organ, harpsichord, and piano. She has extensive experience as a chamber musician and as a continuo player, including many performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, and the Mass in B minor, in addition to a host of cantatas and baroque chamber music.
As a teacher, Keller strives to foster and model a commitment to excellence in performance, scholarship, and self-growth as students deepen their love of music and their instrument. Her students have been accepted into and attended prestigious graduate schools throughout the country, and enjoy successful musical careers in a variety of settings. She was recently appointed to the faculty of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.
Keller's extensive church music experience includes work with volunteer and professional choirs and instrumental ensembles devoted to the highest level of music for worship. She has created organ and choral scholar programs at small and mid-size parishes, developed successful children’s choir programs, and has led choirs on tour in the states and abroad including choral residencies at Bristol Cathedral, U.K., and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Keller received the Performer’s Certificate and the Master of Music degree in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of David Higgs. While at Eastman, she studied continuo with Arthur Haas and improvisation with Gerre Hancock. She received the Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio, where she studied piano with George Cherry and Jean Stell and organ with Margaret Scharf.