Jonathan Keeble

Professor of Flute

B.M.A., Northwestern University; M.M., D.M.A., and Performer's Certificate, Eastman School of Music.

Jonathan Keeble is known for his rich tone, effervescent personality, and nuanced musicality. In high demand as performing artist and master class clinician, he has been described as having an “infinitely flexible sound, with many subtle colors,” and is among the leading performers of his generation.

Recently released, critically acclaimed recordings include Voyage and Song of the Black Swan as part of the Aletheia Duo, and Turbulent Winds with the Prairie Winds. Critics lauded Jonathan’s playing in Song of the Black Swan, as “exquisite” (Fanfare Magazine) and “Keeble’s depth of tone and palate of colors is magnificent throughout the album.” (Flutist Quarterly) He is a regular performer at National Flute Association conventions, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Association.

Recent tours have taken Jonathan to Brazil, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, in addition to Mexico City where he performed and taught at the National Conservatory, in addition to concerts and classes in Austria, Holland, Serbia, Sweden, Canada and the Far-East. A popular invitee as a featured guest at flute festivals, he has been the a featured guest of the Seattle Flute Society, Oklahoma Flute Society, Northeast Ohio Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and Dana Flute Festival events. He has collaborated in chamber settings with Yo Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, and regularly tours the country as a member of the Prairie Winds and flutist of the Aletheia Duo.

Jonathan is the flutist for the award winning Prairie Winds and Aletheia Duo, and Principal Flute of the Sinfonia da Camera. He spends summers performing and teaching at Aria International, Madeline Island Music Camp, and at the University of Illinois Pre- College Flute Seminar.

Teaching Philosophy

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.