David Keep

Assistant Professor of Music
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David Keep is an assistant professor of music at Hope, specializing in piano and music theory. He has performed throughout the United States as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. His research has been presented at the annual meetings of the Texas Society for Music Theory, the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Society for Music Theory. 


  • The music of Brahms
  • The music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Music theory
  • Questions of musical meaning
  • Music analysis and performance
  • Piano pedagogy
  • Theory pedagogy


  • Ph.D. in music theory, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • M.M. in piano performance, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
  • B.M. in piano performance, Lawrence University


  • Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Classroom Instruction (Eastman School of Music), 2019
  • Colvin Award (Texas Society for Music Theory), 2018
  • Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Fellowship (University of Rochester), 2018


  • Lecture Recital: "Listening to Clara: Intertextuality in Dichterliebe" (with Sarah VandenBrink, Jung Woo Lee, and Mihai Craioveanu). Hope College, 2020
  • Essay Published in Liszt and Virtuosity (University of Rochester Press), 2020
  • Dissertation Completed, "Brahms's Re-Creativity in Opp. 80-90" (Eastman School of Music), 2020
  • Invited pre-concert lecture on Mahler for Minnesota Orchestra, 2020
  • Recital with violinist Soo Yeon Kim, Houghton College, 2019
  • Invited lecture given at Cornell University for the conference Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition, 2019
  • Recital with cellist Daniel Ketter, Missouri State University, 2019
  • Performances of complete sonatas for solo instrument and piano by Brahms, 2018

For more information, see David’s personal website.

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David Keep

Phone Number616.395.7650

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423
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