Music Director

David Kehler

Since 2009, David Kehler has served as Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University where he oversees all aspects of the University’s quickly expanding band program while serving as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. Featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE-Atlanta Public Radio), the KSU Wind Ensemble also recently released is first professional recording under the Centaur label featuring the music of Chen Yi. In addition, Dr. Kehler teaches courses in instrumental conducting, symphonic repertoire, and 20th century music. Along with his university responsibilities, professor Kehler currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony, Symphony Band Conductor at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine, and as Vice-President for the College Band Directors National Association-Southern Division.

An advocate of new music, Professor Kehler has nearly two-dozen leading composers to write new works for wind ensemble. In addition, the KSU Wind Ensemble has been featured on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio), and continues to garner praise from composers including Steven Bryant, Paul Dooley, Karel Husa, David Lang, David Maslanka, Scott McAllister, Joel Puckett, Joseph Schwantner and others. Dr. Kehler’s ensembles have performed at the CBDNA Southern Division conferences in 2012 and 2016, and in 2017 was the featured university ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Athens, Georgia. Additionally, in 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble won the American Prize for best university wind ensemble/concert band recording in the United States.

From 2001-2009, Dr. Kehler served as Associate Conductor of America’s Premier Windband; The Dallas Winds where he was the director of the Dallas Winds International Fanfare Project. In addition, Dr. Kehler conducted the Dallas Winds throughout Texas, including the annual Labor Day Concert at the Dallas Arboretum, various Chautauqua festivals, holiday concerts, and a formal gala presented by the United States Armed Forces with all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in attendance. While in Texas, Dr. Kehler was also Founder and Conductor of the GDYO Wind Symphony, an ensemble affiliated with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc. During his ten years of service, the GDYO Wind Symphony established itself as one of the premier youth wind ensembles in the United States, and were a featured ensemble at the Texas Bandmasters Association/National Band Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, and were heard internationally broadcast on “From the Top.” In 2008, they embarked on an extensive two-week tour of China, performing at all of the major music conservatories throughout China and Hong Kong.

Previous academic appointments were at Southern Methodist University, the University of Rhode Island, and Bay City Western High School, in Bay City, Michigan. Growing up in Michigan, Dr. Kehler received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting degrees from Michigan State University, followed by his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Kehler continues to have memberships in many musical organizations including CBDNA, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu, GMEA, Conductor’s Guild and others.