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Timothy Keleher

Instrumental Director/AP Music Theory

856.424.2222 x2049

Timothy Keleher was selected as a Conducting Fellow for the Juilliard Conductors Workshop for Music Educators, 2011. Under his leadership the Cherry Hill High School East Symphony made their New York City debut at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in December 2009 and then returned for two additional performances. In 2013, the East Symphony opened in concert for the New Jersey Symphony. In 2017, Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra, performed in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, returning there again in February 2020. June 2019 the Cherry Hill East Symphony Orchestra made their Carnegie Hall debut performing at the 2019 Viennese Masters Orchestra Festival.

Mr. Keleher is also director of the High School East Jazz Band and Jazz Standards Group. These ensembles have earned competitive awards in addition to performance invitations from local and national venues, community leaders and elected officials. The Pit Orchestra has received several nominations and awards from the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Program. In addition, Mr. Keleher directs the Cherry Hill East Wind Ensemble and teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory. He is a published composer, a Cum Laude Society faculty member and received an Award for Excellence in Teaching from the New Jersey Symphony Master Teacher Collaborative in 1993-94.

As professional trumpeter, he has performed at Harrahs, the Tropicana, the Hilton, Showboat casinos and House of Blues in Atlantic City with headliners including the Four Tops, the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diahann Carroll, Eddie Holman, Peter Cetera, comedians Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Ronan Tynan of the Irish Tenors and jazz piano legend Sam Dockery.

Mr. Keleher graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia College of Performing Arts). He was principal trumpet of the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts Brass Quintet, and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Philadelphia. Formerly Principal Trumpet with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Brass Quartet, he has also been Music Librarian and Administrator for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Singers.

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