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Chris Kelts

Director of Orchestra/Assistant Professor, Music
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Missouri State University, Bachelor of Music
Illinois State University, Master of Music
Univ of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctor of Musical Arts
  • MU 100 A, Enjoyment of Music
  • MU 100 D, Enjoyment of Music
  • MU 238 A, Instrumental Clinic
  • MU 251 A, Orchestra
  • MU 252 A, Orchestra, String
  • MU 442 A, Adv. Instrumental Conducting
  • MU 451 A, Orchestra
  • MU 452 A, Orchestra, String
  • MU 551 GA, Orchestra
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Kansas City Civic Orchestra: music director/conductor

Kinnor Philharmonic: music director/conductor

Service Interests/Activities

APEIRON Fire Arts Coordinator

Washburn University Undergraduate Retention Committee

Career Accomplishments
Christopher Kelts is pleased to begin his 5th season as music director of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. The 2011/2012 season will mark the orchestra's 54th consecutive season!

Through his programming, Kelts has expanded the audience base for the KC Civic Orchestra. He has also expanded the concert season to feature extra “classical” series concerts, an “Encore” holiday concert and educational outreach. The Civic Orchestra, under the baton of Christopher Kelts, invites soloists from all over the United States: from local talent such as guitarist Doug Neidt to internationally acclaimed violinist Mark O’Connor.

In addition to the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Chris Kelts is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at Washburn University (Topeka, KS) and is the founder and music director of the Kinnor Philharmonic.