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Dr. Kellie Brown


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 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 has conducted numerous world premieres including Three Genres by John Grubb and Genesis by Kenton Coe.

Her expertise in musical theater has made her in demand throughout the region as performer, conductor, and musical director. She has performed in pit orchestras for many productions at Barter Theatre and other venues. Musical theater conducting credits include Oklahoma!, Little Women, Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, and others.

She has written numerous compositions and arrangements, and is a recognized authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Her lecture “Alma Rosé and the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz: Lessons on Tolerance and the Triumph of the Human Spirit” has been given throughout the United States. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals for music educators. Brown’s first book, An Annotated Bibliography of Musical Fiction, was published by Edwin Mellen Press, and she is a contributor to 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.

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