Dr. Kellie Dubel Brown has been a member of the Milligan College music faculty since 1998 and serves as chair of the music department, director of the strings program, and conductor of the Milligan College Orchestra. Dr. Brown is a frequent clinician and performer throughout the country and serves as the assistant conductor and assistant concertmaster of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist Dr. Brown has performed several world premieres including An Encounter for Violin and Piano by Jane Perry. She also has conducted numerous world premieres including Three Genres by John Grubb and Genesis by internationally renowned composer Kenton Coe. Her passion for and expertise in musical theater has made her in demand throughout the region as violinist, conductor and music director. She has performed in pit orchestras for numerous shows and operas at the Barter Theatre and other regional venues including Oklahoma!; Cabaret; Chicago; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tender Land; La Bohème; Carmen; Susannah; Amahl and the Night Visitors; The King and I; The Spitfire Grill; Next to Normal; Les Misérables, and Anne of Green Gables. Her musical theater and opera conducting credits include Oklahoma!; Little Women; Secret Garden; Cinderella; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Music Man; Hansel & Gretel; Bye Bye Birdie; Beauty and the Beast; Godspell; Thoroughly Modern Millie; and Annie Get Your Gun.
In addition, she has written numerous compositions, arrangements, and articles and is a recognized authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. She has presented her lecture “Alma Rosé and the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz: Lessons on Tolerance and the Triumph of the Human Spirit” throughout the United States. As an author, she has written numerous articles published in journals such as the American String Teacher, Music Educators Journal, Contributions to Music Education, and the Tennessee Musician. Her first book, An Annotated Bibliography of Musical Fiction, was published in 2005 by Edwin Mellen Press. She is also a contributor to the book Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 2, published by GIA.
Dr. Brown studied at Furman University, East Tennessee State University, and Appalachian State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in violin performance, and a doctoral Degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in music administration.