Keane Southard (b. 1987) has had compositions performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra, Colla Voce, University of Colorado Wind Symphony, Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Tesla Quartet, the Playground Ensemble, the Encore Wind Ensemble, and the Ars Nova Singers. His music has been described as “highly-professional and well-orchestrated” (Portland Press Herald). He has been a recipient of many awards including the Alice Procter Composition Award from the New England Piano Teachers’ Association, Irl Allison Sr. Award from the American College of Musicians’ Composition Contest, the Student Composer Award from the American Art Song Competition, a Victor Herbert/ASCAP award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Lee Goldstein Composition Award from Baldwin-Wallace College, the Cecil Effinger Composition Award and George Lynn Prize from The University of Colorado-Boulder, First Prize in the Longfellow Chorus International Composers Cantata Competition, the Charles B. Olson Young Composer Award, and the Ars Nova Singers Colorado Composers Competition. He was also a finalist in the Massachusetts Educators National Conference Composition Contest and performed at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and has twice been a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. His compositions have recently been performed in Society of Composers Inc. regional and national conferences, College Music Society regional conferences, and internationally in Germany and Brazil. Keane earned his M.M. in composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he served as a graduate assistant in music theory. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.M. from the Conservatory at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he double majored in music composition and music theory with a minor in English literature. His composition teachers include Kenneth Girard, Loris Chobanian, Daniel Kellogg, Jeffrey Nytch, Carter Pann, and Richard Toensing. In the summer of 2009, Keane was selected as a participant in the Northeastern University Fusion Arts Exchange, where he studied composition with Brian Robison and Hillary Zipper.
As a pianist, Keane has focused his piano studies on unknown/under-performed repertoire, including works by Ives, Finzi, Rzewski, Gottschalk, as well as premiering his own works and those of his colleagues. An eight-time National Member of the American College of Musicians through the National Piano Guild Auditions, he performed an International Program in 2005 and was awarded a High School Diploma from the Guild. He has also served as the keyboardist for the University of Colorado Orchestra, University of Colorado Wind Symphony, the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Baldwin-Wallace College Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the l(a Contemporary Ensemble. He is also active as a classical/vocal accompanist as well as a jazz pianist. His piano teachers include Barbara Jones and Robert Mayerovitch.