Keane Southard (b. 1987) writes music that is an amalgamation of his many diverse musical influences, from medieval chant to 70's rock, Bach to the Blues, and German romanticism to Latin dance forms. His compositions have been 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). Keane 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 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.