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composer , conductor , pianist , priest , author

Brahmachari Keith, American conductor, composer, pianist, priest, author. Ordained priest Ancient Swami Order, 1972. Appointed Lord Abbot Vedanton Order of Monists, since 1984, St. Mary's Abbey, Mechanicsville, Maryland, 1978-1990, The Abbey Church of All Souls, Londonderry, New Hampshire, 1990-1996.

Background

Keith, Brahmachari was born on August 13, 1947 in New York City. Son of Clifford Malcolm and Shirley Philyse (Simon) Rhodes.

Education

Student, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1966-1968;Master of Arts, Smith College, 1967;artists diploma, International Academy des Mozarteums, Salzburg, Austria, 1968;Bachelor of Music, Westminster Choir College, 1972.

Career

Independent composer, conductor, piano recitalist, United States and Europe, since 1969;instructor piano, American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1970-1971;professor, American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971-1972;artist-in-residence, American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971-1973;instructor composition, music history, theory, American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1971-1973;department chairman, American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1972-1973;assistant to president, St. Mary's College Maryland, 1977-1978;director opera workshop, St. Mary's College Maryland, 1977;director, headmaster, National Boychoir and School of America, Mechanicsville, Maryland., 1977-1989;conductor, New England Vocal Ensemble, 1990-1996;executive director, Music by-the-Sea Festival, Newburyport, Massachusetts, since 1992.

Achievements

  • Ordained priest Ancient Swami Order, 1972.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Pianist, founder Northampton Trio, 1967-1968. Continuo player Ars Nova Quartet, 1978-1983. Composer, arranger, conductor, pianist various albums of National Boychoir of America including Peace In Our Time, Stabat Mater, The Angel's Tale, Vienna, City of My Dreams, Christmas with National Boychoir.

      Composer numerous religious, secular songs, operas including (operas) Arjuna & Krishna, 1974, Angel's Tale, 1979, Jederman, 1983, Sandlot, 1987, (secular songs) Der Todt und Das Madchen, 1970, Virgin Tuto Amor, 1970, Peace In Our Time, 1979, (instrumental) March of the Novices, 1973, Festal Fanfare, 1980, Edison Fanfare. Solo piano recitals: Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, 1992, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 1992. Freelance conductor Clincian Records for Vantage Record Company and Cherubim Records.

      Author: Enigma Pond, 1995, Blue Mountain Chronicle, 1996, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, 1997.

Membership

Appointed Lord Abbot Vedanton Order of Monists, since 1984, St. Mary's Abbey, Mechanicsville, Maryland, 1978-1990, The Abbey Church of All Souls, Londonderry, New Hampshire, 1990-1996.

Connections

father:
Clifford Malcolm Rhodes

mother:
Shirley Philyse (Simon) Rhodes