Adam Keda is a native of Westland, Michigan in metropolitan Detroit. He reluctantly started playing the cello in fifth grade after being passed over for the drums and saxophone. But, once he received the honor of having the only solo at the end of his first year, he would knew he would be a cellist for life.
He continued playing at John Glenn High School, where he performed and played at many solo and ensemble contests and music camps, garnering accolades and awards. Looking to expand his musical horizons, he also played bass drum in the marching band, performing before President Bill Clinton in 1995 on a visit to the campus.
Mr. Keda matriculated to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he studied cello with Dr. Diane Winder. Undergraduate academic highlights include the “20th Annual Undergraduate Symposium” performing the Kodaly Cello Sonata Op. 4 and being a finalist in the “2001 EMU Concerto Competition” playing the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor.
Adam was graduated from Eastern with a bachelor’s in music education and is certified to teach Kindergarten through twelfth grade instrumental music in Kansas. He has also since completed his English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement as well.
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In the fall of 2004, Mr. Keda joined Dodge City Public Schools in Dodge City, Kansas. As the assistant orchestra director he taught beginning strings, 7th and 8th grade orchestra, and the high school symphony and chamber orchestras. Highlights of his seven year tenure in Dodge City include the creation of a middle school Mariachi band that played for the Kansas State Board of Education and an a performance with the high school Chamber Orchestra at the 2010 National Orchestra Festival in Santa Clara, California.
While in Dodge City, Mr. Keda was an active member of the “Patty Ahern Trio” and the Hays Symphony with Fort Hays State University. He has also played cello and bass in a number of cabarets and in pit orchestras for the Depot Theater Company.
In 2010, Mr. Keda was graduated from the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City with a Master of Arts in music education. Areas of study included curriculum development and creating assessment strategies.
In the fall of 2012, Mr. Keda was asked to join the teaching staff at two Blue Valley high schools. As the director of orchestras at Blue Valley West and Blue Valley Southwest High Schools, Mr. Keda oversaw the recruitment and retention of orchestra students across seven elementary, three middle, and two high schools. As the director of four high school orchestras, Mr. Keda prioritized using the music classroom as a way to give students real life experiences in problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork while performing great music at the highest levels. Mr. Keda’s fondest memory of Blue Valley was performing with the Blue Valley West Symphonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2016.
Along with teaching, Mr. Keda has kept busy performing on his cello since his move to northeast Kansas. He has played in recital with the Ad Astra String Quartet, the Heartland Chamber Music summer adult program, as well as playing in the Theater in the Park production of West Side Story. Mr. Keda strongly believes it is important to model lifelong learning for his students by continuing to study and perform cello as much as possible.