Dr. Kellie Brown has been a member of the Milligan University music faculty since 1998 and holds the positions of Chair of the Music Department, Professor of Music, and conductor of the Milligan Orchestra. Dr. Brown is a frequent clinician and performer throughout the country and serves as the assistant conductor and associate 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 has also conducted numerous world premieres including 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; Anne of Green Gables; and Songs for a New World. 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; Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun; and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
In addition, she has published numerous compositions and arrangements 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 at academic institutions and conferences such as the American String Teachers National Conference, the College Orchestra Directors Association International Conference, and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference. 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 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. Her latest book, The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance, and Salvation during the Holocaust & World War II, was released by McFarland Publishing in 2020.
Dr. Brown studied violin performance and music education at Furman University and East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education. She also holds a master’s degree in violin performance from Appalachian State University and a doctoral degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in music administration, from East Tennessee State University.
Topics of Expertise: Music History, Music Education, Conducting, Violin/Viola, Orchestra, Chamber Music, String Methods, Arts Advocacy, Music in Higher Education, Music Administration, Holocaust Music