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Music Director - Dr. Keith Graumann celebrates the thirteenth concert season as Music Director and Conductor of the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. A native of Big Spring, Texas, he has enjoyed a widely varied musical careeras performer, conductor, educator and scholar in community, semi-professional, collegiate, church and school venues. He attended Texas Christian University and the University of Oklahoma on full tuition scholarships. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education, the Master of Music Theory and Composition, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. While at Oklahoma, he held positions as Assistant Conductor of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and the state-wide Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Music Director of Hillcrest Christian Church, and as founding conductor of the Norman Community Choral Society.
He has held positions as Director of Choral Activities at Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, Texas, and at Livingston University, Alabama. Choruses under his direction have also appeared with the Oklahoma City, Birmingham, Brazosport, Meridian and Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestras. He was interim-conductor of the Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale during the 2001-2002 concert season.
Highly respected for his versatility, Graumann at various times in his career has also conducted Broadway musicals, modern dance, ballet, and jazz and popular music ensembles, wind ensemble, and marching band. Trained as pianist and church organist, he led the popular ‘Not so loud band’ from the keyboard at many university and community functions.
Graumann was awarded a one year Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, after whichhe gained international recognition for his research and publications on the music of Vivaldi. In Italy, he also met his wife, the former Ann Barrow of Arbroath, Scotland.He studied Orchestral Conducting with Legh Burns, Sir Guy Fraser Harrisonand John Giordano. His Choral Conducting teachers include B. R. Henson and Dennis Shrock. He is privileged to have done further study with such notables as scholar Julius Hereford, conductor Robert Shaw, and composers Aaron Copland and Daniel Pinkham. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Choral Directors Association, the League of American Orchestras and the Fulbright Association.
Also active in the community, he is a member of the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club and was an Assistant District Governor of Rotary International. An Eagle Boy Scout in his youth, he serves on the advisory council and Eagle board of review for the Buffalo Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was honored in May, 2012 with the annual ‘Good Scout Award.’ He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for KPBT, the Permian Basin PBS television station. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the Board of Directors of Citizens Federal Credit Union.