Dr. Breland accepted the position of Artistic Director in January 2011. With degrees in Music Theory and Choral Conducting from the University of Georgia and Indiana University, Dr. Breland has a diverse background in many different fields of music, including the piano and saxophone. His first exposure to professional choral music was at the age of 6 as a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir where he performed with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as in tours and festivals throughout Europe.
Dr. Breland is emerging as one of a new generation of conductors, set apart from others by his eclectic interests and skills equipping him to perform everything from masterworks of the Baroque and Classic eras to great contemporary works. He completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music in 2009. Currently he is on faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, conducting the University Chorus, the auditioned Chamber Choir and teaching classes in history, theory, conducting, voice, appreciation, and diction.
Keith has been playing the piano his entire life. He loves accompanying and has played for a wide range of soloists, ensembles, and choirs over the years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in piano from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Once a public school music teacher, Keith eventually turned his attention to the world of theatre and has worked as pianist, musical director, and scenic designer for numerous theatrical productions at various Omaha area theaters, including SNAP, Shelterbelt, Bellevue Little Theatre, Chanticleer, Stages of Omaha, and the Omaha Playhouse. Before coming to Omaha he worked on productions at Starlight Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. He has also been a church musician most of his life and currently accompanies the choir of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha.
In recent years, Keith has applied his talents to arts administration. He is currently the Managing Director of the Blue Barn Theater in Omaha and serves as the Business/Grant Manager for Arts in Motion, a local nonprofit that brings arts programming to area schools. Keith joined the River City Mixed Chorus as the Collaborative Pianist in 2015.