Keenan Reesor

  • Music Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Professor of Music

Education

  • Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, University of Southern California, 2016
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, with distinction, University of Southern California, 2010
  • B.M. in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, Utah State University, 2008

Music refreshes the soul, stirs the imagination, and bridges differences in belief, culture, language, and even time. That’s why I love music, and teaching it allows me to share these blessings with others while continuing to learn.


Education


  • Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, University of Southern California, 2016
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, with distinction, University of Southern California, 2010
  • B.M. in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, Utah State University, 2008

Courses


  • Core: Music in Civilization
  • Music Major: Music History I & II, Applied Piano
  • Piano Studies Concentration: Piano Collaboration, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 2016
  • Assistant Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2008–2016
  • Adjunct Lecturer, San Diego State University, 2010

Scholarship & Creative Work


Musicology

  • Article: “Rachmaninoff as Émigré: Man, Music, and Reception, 1918–1943,” in S. V. Rachmaninoff and World Culture, ed. I. N. Vanovskaya (Tambov, Russia: Rachmaninoff Estate-Museum “Ivanovka,” 2018), 104–22 (in Russian)
  • Dissertation: “Rachmaninoff in Music Lexicons, 1900–2013: Toward a History of the Composer’s Reception,” University of Southern California, 2016 (link)
  • Conference presentations at UCLA, UNC Chapel Hill, & Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • Research at the Library of Congress, the British Library, & the Russian National Museum of Music

Piano

  • Concerto performances with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony, and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
  • Solo recitals at the Royal Academy of Music, Sunnylands, and Temple Square in Salt Lake City
  • Collaborative recitals with Stanford Olsen and William Hagen

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Music Program Coordinator, Southern Virginia University, 2018–present
  • Outstanding Graduate, Department of Musicology, University of Southern California, 2016
  • Third Place (solo & concerto), Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, 2013
  • Missionary, Russia Samara Mission, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2003–2005