Keele has enjoyed success as a vocal coach/accompanist,
a composer/arranger, stage director and conductor. From
1997 to 1999, Mr. Keele was a vocal coach at the Moores
Opera Center at the University of Houston, and he still
maintains a private studio coaching professional singers
in the area. Opera companies with whom he has worked
include Mobile Opera, Tulsa Opera , Opera in the Ozarks,
and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. He was a staff
coach/accompanist for the AIMS program in Graz, Austria.
Mr. Keele served alternately as stage director and
chorus master during the 1998-99 season of Opera in the
Heights. A versatile composer, Keele's works have been heard throughout the United States and, recently made their debut in Moscow's storied Tchaikovsky Hall. His latest work, a song cycle for baritone and piano, Three British Poems, is now available from Classical Vocal Reprints of New York.
Mr. Keele has served on the faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas Wesleyan University. In 1993, he founded the Fort Worth Men's Chorus and served as its Artistic Director until 1997.
He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of North Texas as well as a degree in vocal coaching and accompanying from the University of Illinois where he studied with world-renowned vocal coach John Wustman. He is completing his DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston, where he has studied composition with Carlisle Floyd and David Ashley White. Other studies were completed at the Eastman School of Music, the Academie de Musique Maurice Ravel, and Florida State University.
He is currently the Director of Music at St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston. Keele frequently participates in Houston's rich musical life and is often requested by preeminent choruses, such as Houston Chamber Choir and the Houston Symphony Chorus, to collaborate as a pianist-repetiteur.