Jonathan KeebleAssociate Professor of Flute and Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies
B.M.A., Northwestern University; M.M., D.M.A., and Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music.
Described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors” (Flutist Quarterly), Jonathan Keeble is among the leading performer/pedagogues of his generation. His concerto appearances with orchestras and wind ensembles have taken him to venues in North America, South America and Europe.
Jonathan’s passion for new music led him to commission many new works for the flute from rising young composers. From these efforts come the recently released, critically acclaimed recordings Voyage, music for flute and harp, and Turbulent Winds with the Prairie Winds. Critics have lauded the collaboration in Voyage as being “memorable,” and Keeble’s performance as “spellbinding.” In Fanfare Magazine, the Prairie Winds were lauded for “the players individually and as an ensemble being superb.” These come in addition to his first solo recording, icarus, and Gale Force, ranked among the top 15 recordings of 2000 by Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein. In addition to his active solo and chamber career, Jonathan is the Principal Flute of Sinfonia da Camera.
Recent tours have taken Jonathan to Mexico City to perform and teach at the National Conservatory, in addition to concerts and classes in Austria, Holland, Serbia, Sweden, Canada and the Far-East. A popular invitee at regional flute festivals, the last year has seen appearances as a featured guest at Seattle Flute Society, Northeast Ohio Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and Dana Flute Festival events.
He is a regular performer, adjudicator, and presenter at National Flute Association conventions, and is currently the Chair of the Association.
Jonathan’s teaching experience includes his present position as the flute professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spends summers performing and teaching at Aria International, Madeline Island Music Camp, and at the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Flute Camp.
The University of Illinois flute studio boasts a proud heritage of producing some of the country's finest musicians. Flutists are encouraged to cultivate their playing in a supportive and stimulating environment, while playing in some of the nation's finest ensembles. In addition to the wealth of class offerings a major university provides, flute majors enjoy a small school's feel with myriad opportunities to work closely with Professor Keeble. In addition to weekly lessons, and optional twice weekly warm-up sessions, flute students hone their skills in studio class, and may continue their studies through courses such as orchestral flute repertoire, and flute pedagogy. Please feel free to contact Professor Keeble if you have any questions about the program.