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Dr. Maurice E. Kelley II

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Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Assistant Professor/Director of Orchestra

D.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.M., Louisiana State University
B.S., Missouri State University 


Music Theory, Strings

Dr. Maurice Kelley is the Director of Orchestra at Angelo State University and founder of the ASU Symphony and strings program. He also conducts the Concho Valley Chamber Orchestra which performs in San Angelo every summer. As a free-lance bassist he regularly performs with the Big Spring and Midland-Odessa symphonies as well as local jazz and country bands. Before relocating to Texas he served as a Strings Specialist in the Kansas City, Kansas school district and taught Orchestra and Humanities at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City. He has been an Instructional Systems Specialist for the Army’s School of Music (ASOM) and served on the faculties of Concordia University and Union College in Nebraska. Early in his career he was an instrumental music teacher in Lawrence, Kansas and the Double Bass Instructor at the University of Kansas. Over the past twenty five years he has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of jazz ensembles, bands, and fifteen symphony orchestras. He has also performed with jazz and popular artists such as Roger Ingram, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Si Zentner, John Davidson, Ahmad Alaadeen, Clark Terry, and Frankie Avalon.

While deployed to Iraq as a member of the 36th Infantry Division Band he performed in several popular music groups. He was also heavily involved in a partnership with the Basra University Music Department where he presented a lecture series on Western Music, taught courses in string pedagogy, assisted in curriculum development, and performed in a cultural exchange recital. His non-musical duties included being the Sergeant of the Guard and a Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Specialist.

Dr. Kelley’s prior military assignments include the Army School of Music as a Course Director and Senior Instructor, 387th Continental United States Replacement Battalion, Ft. Bliss, Texas and the 380th and 312th Army Bands. He is a past 89th Regional Support Command Soldier of the Year, Army Bands Junior NCO of the Year, Army Bands Senior NCO of the Year, and received the Bronze Star Medal for service in Iraq.

Dr. Kelley is active as a judge and clinician and has given presentations at national and state conferences. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a recipient of the prestigious Othmer Graduate Fellowship, a Master of Music from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University. 

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