Brian W. Kellum is an aggressive advocate for music education. He views music as a beautiful and impactful tool that nurtured properly releases creative energy within individuals empowering them to positively enrich their lives and their communities.
Brian began his career teaching as Orchestra Director in St. Louis’ Ritenour and Parkway school districts. He was active in the community as a guest conductor and Music Director of the Cameron Youth Chamber Orchestra and the St. Louis Youth Chamber Ensembles. His school groups were recognized at the state music educator conference while his community groups performed nationwide for celebrities, civil rights leaders, and world renowned musicians. In Atlanta, Brian served as Orchestra Director and General Music Specialist for the Fulton County Schools. Certified in Spanish, Brian also taught middle school language classes for Paulding County Schools.
As a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Brian was awarded a grant to conduct research in Venezuela where he traveled extensively to study the núcleos, youth orchestras and programs of Venezuela’s massive project for social change known as El Sistema. Upon returning from Venezuela, Brian served as the founding Program Director of MusicWorks!, an El Sistema inspired program of the Asheville Symphony.
Continuing in the work of music education for social change, Brian joined the Atlanta Music Project in 2018 as Director of Orchestral Programs and Projects where he aims to solidify AMP’s Youth Orchestras and Academy as Atlanta’s premier pre-conservatory training programs.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University; Master of Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; is currently completing Doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and holds a certificate in Project Management from Georgia Institute of Technology.