Dr. Keith McCutchen

Director of Choral Activities and the Kentucky State University Concert Choir School of the Humanities and Performing Arts
Bradford HallRoom G11400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-6498


Pianist, composer, conductor, Keith McCutchen is the director of the Kentucky State University Concert Choir and director of Choral Activities at Kentucky State.  Previously, McCutchen has taught music theory and jazz piano at St. Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota, directed the vocal jazz ensembles at the University of Minnesota, as well as served as director of the African American Choral Ensemble at Indiana University, Bloomington.  While at Indiana University, McCutchen received his doctorate in choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music.  Keith received his undergraduate in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting and piano from the University of Kentucky.  Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Keith taught in the Fayette County School system, Lexington Kentucky, teaching, Arts and Humanities at Tates Creek Middle School and chorus at Henry Clay High School and School for the Performing Arts, SCAPA of Lexington.

While at St. Olaf, McCutchen toured with the St. Olaf choir, Anton Armstrong Conductor.  His arrangement of Amazing Grace was recorded on the St. Olaf Choir Great Hymns of Faith CD, Vol. 18 and was also performed at the World Choir Symposium, held in Seoul South Korea.   McCutchen’s arrangement of  Ol’ Time Religion/When the Saints Go Marching In, was recorded by the American Spiritual Ensemble, Everett McCorvey, director.  As a conductor, pianist, composer, McCutchen premiered his Jazz Vespers for Chorus, Soloist, Orchestra and Jazz Quintet in Curitiba, Brazil in 2013.   In the fall of 2014, The Des Moines Community Orchestra commissioned and premiered McCutchen’s We Shall Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Historical Narrative for Chorus and Orchestra, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  Most recently, in the summer of 2016, he served as guest conductor, pianist and composer with the Guri Santa Marcelina Youth Choir and Tom Jobim Big Band, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Keith has performed and lectured with NEA Jazz Masters, composer, David Baker, bassist, Richard Davis, and publisher, educator, Jamey Aebersold.  He performs regularly with his jazz trio and quintet.