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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 a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Angelo State University where his primary duties include teaching Music Theory, Aural Skills, and String Techniques.  Before relocating to Texas he served as a Strings Specialist in the Kansas City, Kansas school district.  Dr. Kelley also taught Orchestra and Humanities at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kansas and played in the Lee’s Summit Symphony prior to being deployed to Basra, Iraq in 2010.

Sumner Academy is an International Baccalaureate-World high school which is consistently awarded the Gold Medal and ranked among the top 100 high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. He has been an Instructional System 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 years he has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of jazz ensembles, bands, and over a dozen symphony orchestras. He has also performed with jazz and popular artists such as Roger Ingram, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Si Zentner, John Davidson, and Frankie Avalon.

While deployed to Iraq as a member of the 36th Infantry Division Band he served as the non-commissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of the Jazz Combo and Rhythm and Blues Band as well as bassist for the 36th ID Rock and Latin bands. He was also heavily involved in a partnership with Basra University where he presented a lecture series on Western Music, taught classes 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 for an entry control point and a Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Specialist.

Dr. Kelley’s prior military assignments include the 380th Army Band in Richmond, Virginia, and the 312th Army Band in Lawrence, Kansas. He also served as Course Director and Senior Instructor for the Reserve Component Basic Music Course at the ASOM and as an instructor with the 387th Continental United States Replacement Battalion, Ft. Bliss, Texas. His duties at Ft. Bliss included administering Theater Specific Individual Reserve Training to Soldiers and civilian contractors who were deploying to Iraq. This included instruction in Tactical Combat Casualty Care, short range marksmanship, and preliminary marksmanship in addition to serving as the NCOIC for Rifle and Individual Movement Technique ranges. He is a past 89th Regional Support Command Soldier of the Year, Army Bands Junior NCO of the Year, and Army Bands Senior NCO of the Year.

Dr. Kelley is active as a clinician and recently gave presentations at the 2012 American String Teacher’s Association National Conference and the Kansas Music Educators Association conference. He is also involved in creating partnerships between universities and colleges in the United States and Basra University. 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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