Dr. Roger Keyes
Professor Emeritus of Piano
Roger Keyes has served with distinction in the Keyboard Division of the Baylor University School of Music for thirty-five years. He joined the Baylor music faculty in 1965 as an Assistant Professor of Piano, was promoted to Associate Professor of Piano three years later, and was named Professor of Piano in 1980. He was Director of Baylor's Keyboard Division from 1968 to 1994 and Acting Dean during the summer of 1982.
Throughout his three-and-a-half decades at Baylor University, Mr. Keyes has appeared widely as pianist, competition judge, master teacher, and workshop clinician. Major performances in recent years include a Carnegie Hall recital, in collaboration with soprano Lynda Keith McKnight and flutist Helen Ann Shanley, on November 24, 1998.A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Roger Keyes is an honor graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, with bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance. Additional study has taken him to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Maryland, and the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Butler University.
Prior to coming to Baylor University, Mr. Keyes was chairman of the piano departments at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. He was named Outstanding Music teacher of the South Central Division by the National Association of Music Teachers in 1972. In 1987 he was honored by Baylor University as its Outstanding Tenured Professor. The Texas Music Teachers Association named him its College Teacher of the Year in 1988. His students have won numerous regional and national awards, many having established careers as teachers and performers.
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