Percussionist, Educator, Performer and Administrator
Keith is currently the Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, encompassing the Arts Camp, Percussion Institute, Adult band Camp and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also an Educational/Orchestral Consultant for the Avedis Zildjian Company.
Prior to his appointment at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Keith worked on the percussion faculty at the Boston Conservatory, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Rhode Island.
He is diverse and passionate about what he does – in all areas.
Keith’s accomplishments in the educational world range from clinic presentations at major universities throughout the US and Europe, to workshops at all the major percussion conventions worldwide. He has presented at both local and international PAS conventions as well as the Paris Conservatory (2015) and Italian PAS Days of Percussion in Fermo, Italy.
Publishing several books and pieces and his newest book entitled “Complementary Percussion, a Workbook for Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals and Bass Drum” Keith has received critical acclaim from educators and percussionists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music and Florida State University.
As performer, he was a member of the Florida Philharmonic for 20 years and has presented solo, ensemble and chamber concerts throughout his career. His most recent key orchestral performances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has served on the Percussive Arts Society’s Board of Directors and the Board of Overseer’s at the New England Conservatory of Music. His awards include Chapter President of the Year for his work as president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
Keith A. Aleo has a multifaceted career as an performer, educator and administrator. Beginning in the Fall of 2015 he was appointed the Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, encompassing the Arts Camp, Percussion Institute, Adult Band Camp and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also an Education and Orchestral Consultant for the Zildjian Company in Norwell, MA.
His playing credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and, in 2004, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989-2003, and a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Miami from 1994-2003.
His teaching credits include The University of Miami, The Boston Conservatory, The University of Rhode Island and the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Aleo’s newest book, “Complimentary Percussion, a Handbook for Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals and Bass Drum,” published by Bachovich Publishing, was released at PASIC 2011 with great success. Dan Bauch of the Boston Symphony says of the book: “Keith Aleo has filled a void in the field of orchestral percussion with his collection of etudes. They are clever, musically written, and address real challenges and impracticalities associated with these instruments. They are a valuable resource for all levels of experience.”
He was a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Board of Directors and served on the Board of Overseer’s at the New England Conservatory from 2004 – 2010. His awards include Chapter President of the Year for his work as president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Aleo has given master classes and workshops on percussion instruments at numerous universities conventions. Highlights have included the Percussive Arts Society State and International Conventions, PAS Journees de la Percussion in Paris France, the Paris Conservatory, the PAS Italian Percussion Festival in Fermo Italy and multiple Music Educator Conferences.
Other publications include Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, published by HoneyRock Publishing Inc, contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments, published by Garland Publishing and Advanced Duets for Snare Drum, released by HoneyRock Publishing Inc.