Canadian conductor Dr. Bevan Keating acquired his early musical education in the city of London, Ontario as a member of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Treble choir program, Royal Conservatory of Music and as a student at the University of Western Ontario.
He continued his formal conducting studies at The Ohio State University, finishing his Masters and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in the study of choral, orchestral and wind conducting. During his time at OSU, he received several recognitions on both sides of the border including a P.E.G.S. scholarship and wining the prestigious Canadian Leslie Bell Conducting Competition.
Currently, Dr. Bevan Keating is the Director of Conducting and Choral Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as well as the Music Director for the UALR Opera Theatre. Keating conducts the forty-voiced UALR Concert Choir, Chamber ensemble and one hundred voiced UALR Community Chorus as well as teaching classes in beginning and advanced conducting techniques. In addition to his duties at UALR, Dr. Keating is the Director of Music of an active music program at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In Canada he co-founded the very successful Amabile Boy Choirs and the London Choral Guild. He was the conductor of the internationally recognized The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club, and recently toured Italy as the founder and conductor of the New World Vocal Consort, a twenty-one voice choir of singers selected from across North America.
Recently, Keating conducted George Bizet’s Carmen, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, and O. Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty. Large orchestral and choral engagements have included Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion.