Kirstie Keill is a performer, teacher, arranger, and lifetime student. She is pursuing a Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance at the Western Michigan University and will be serving as a graduate assistant for the WMU athletic bands.
Kirstie is a Pennsylvania native, born in Philadelphia, raised in the dense forests of northern PA, and educated near Pittsburgh at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While in attendance, she performed with the IUP Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Marching Band. She is the founding president of the IUP Horn Band Club and the IUP Pep Band. She is a member of the professional music fraternity Delta Omicron as well as the IUP collegiate chapter of PCMEA, and served as treasurer for both. She also attended the IUP Cook Honors College where she received priceless lessons in critical thinking, thesis creation, and debate, eventually taking a short study abroad through the college to Turkey and Greece.
After she completed her student teaching requirement, the travel bug hit again, and she took a second study abroad to Ljubljana, Slovenia to further her knowledge of music education in a European setting. Upon her return, she has been keeping busy establishing a larger horn studio and proudly watching some of her students make it to PMEA Region and All-State festivals. When the day is done and the horn is put away, Kirstie enjoys cooking, reading, baking fancy cakes, backpacking, running, and enjoying a nice cup of tea with good friends.