keith kusterer

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Keith Kusterer is an entrepreneur, contemporary composer, songwriter, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, playwright, filmmaker, food, wine and hospitality enthusiast, producer and curator for the arts. He writes music and script for both the concert stage and interdisciplinary performance projects, collaborating with artists in the fields of theater, film, light design and dance. Keith is Director of Partnerships for ProHabits, a Chicago based, behavior science technology platform that is being integrated by global enterprises. He is also Director of Research for the book, The Science of Values (early 2020 release date) with co-authors from Oracle, Ernst&Young and published by Mabbly. His concert work continues to be programmed internationally by new music ensembles, institutions and artistic organizations including loadbang ensemble, Wax Wings Productions, Equilibrium New Music, Acoustic Uproar, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Timepoint Ensemble, Calgary Classical Revolution, Juventas Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Fifth Floor Collective, Royal Conservatory of Antwerp,Tufts University Department of Drama and Dance, Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Chicago Fringe Festival, McGill University, Marcus High School (TX) Color Guard, Chicago Composers Orchestra,Fulcrum Point New Music Project and ensembles/musicians having been in residence at both Columbia College-Chicago and the Boston Conservatory. As a younger musician, he received an award from the ‘John Lennon Songwriting Competition’ (2000), several years later became a recipient of an ‘Allen-Turner Award in Composition’ (2008) and was selected as a winner of the ‘Boston Conservatory Wind- Ensemble Competition’ (2012). His recent work for wind ensemble, 'Of Patina', has been released and distributed by Albany Records (2013).

  Keith received a graduate degree in composition at the Boston Conservatory (M.M ‘13), fulfilling a teaching assistantship with the music history department and private study with composers Marti Epstein and Curtis Hughes. He graduated as valedictorian from Columbia College-Chicago (B.M ’11) as a student of the composer Marcos Balter and pianist Bette Coulson. He has performed as a member of several Chicago and Boston based musical outfits including the spaghetti-western, country/surf rock sounds of Mar Caribe, the traditional folk/bluegrass styles of The Dog Patch Ramblers and his own American-music project, Keith Kusterer and The Goods.  He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Christina Pecce, a singing actress with a rising career in opera and musical theater