Described as “a hugely prolific musician with a wide variety of skill sets,” Keane Southard (b. 1987) is a composer and pianist who believes deeply in the power of music to change how people think, feel, and act, and that it can be a catalyst for positive change in the world. His music has been described as “a terrific discovery” (Bandworld Magazine) and “highly-professional and well-orchestrated” (Portland Press Herald) and, taken as a whole, his works reflect his many diverse musical tastes, from medieval chant to 70’s rock, Bach to the Blues, and 19th century romanticism to Latin dance forms

Southard has been a recipient of many awards including the 2018 Capital Hearings Young Composers Competition, 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 has received commissions from the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, the Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble (OK), the Arrowhead Union High School Wind Ensemble (WI), the Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra, pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan, saxophonist Allison Dromgold Adams, and cellist Christine Thomas Tsen. He has been awarded residency fellowships at Playa and the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center and summer fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Northeastern University Fusion Arts Exchange.

In the summer of 2016, Southard hiked the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail, a distance of more than 700 miles, which inspired the creation of his first symphony, commissioned by a consortium of orchestras throughout New England with premieres in the 2017-18 season. In 2016, “Waltzing Dervish: The Wind Music of Keane Southard,” recorded by the Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble, was released and hailed as a “major debut disc” by

Southard earned his B.M. from the Conservatory at Baldwin Wallace University in composition and theory, his M.M from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in composition at the Eastman School of Music. His primary composition teachers include Kenneth Girard, Loris Chobanian, Daniel Kellogg, Jeffrey Nytch, Carter Pann, Richard Toensing, Allen Shawn, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, plus additional studies with Samuel Adler, Derek Bermel, João Guilherme Ripper, Brian Robison, and Hillary Zipper.

An avid student of language and culture, he speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and German in addition to English. He spent 2013 in Brazil as a Fulbright scholar researching music education and has also taught at Bennington College in Vermont.

Do You Hear How Many You Are?Voicing: SSAATTBB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Keane Southard  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Change, Comforting, Inspiring, Peace  First Performance: Jun 03, 2011: Ars Nova Singers, Thomas Edward Morgan, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, Colorado, USA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 230/233)
Dona Nobis PacemVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Ordinary of the Mass  Language: Latin  Descriptive Terms: Peace, Sacred  First Performance: Oct 05, 2019: Yale Glee Club, Daniel Tucker, Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 230/1198~2020-Q3)
The Lord’s PrayerVoicing: 10 OR MORE VOICES OF ANY TYPE  Solo(s): Cantor  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 4:00  Alternative Notation: Single melodic phrases performed aleatorically  Text Source: Matthew 6  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Compline  Descriptive Terms: Sacred, Pater Noster, Aleatoric  First Performance: February 02, 2020 : Schola Cantorum of Christ Church, Rochester, Stephen Kennedy, Christ Church, Rochester, NY Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 230/1528~2021-Q2)
In this short LifeVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 5:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Emily Dickinson  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Memorial Services  Descriptive Terms: Contemplative, Meditative, Philosophical, Transcendental  First Performance: Sep 15, 2018: The Capital Hearings, Mike Rowan, First Congregational Church, UCC, Washington, DC, USA. Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 230/925~2019-Q1)
A Day of SunshineVoicing: SSAATTBB  Accompaniment: Flute, Oboe, Harp, Percussion, Trumpet In C, Bass Trombone, Clarinet In B-flat, Horn In F, Strings, Bass Clarinet In B-flat, Tenor Trombone, Tuba  Performance Length: 15:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Cantata, Grandeur, Nature, Oratorio  First Performance: Feb 27, 2010: Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra, Charles Kaufmann, First Parish Church, Portland, Maine Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 230/232)