Keenan Fletcher

One word to describe the music philosophy of Keenan Fletcher, a classically trained violinist turned Jazz and Texas Fiddle.

Keenan grew up dreaming she would someday play alongside Itzak Perlman at Juilliard. . .but she also was a California girl and wanted to train whales. Keenan always had a way of dreaming for the impossible. She arrived in Texas to complete her degree at the Butler School of Music at UT Austin in Violin Studies. Her passion for music pedagogy was evident. Her teachers were Paul Olefsky, cello; Roger Meyers, viola; Barbara Porbe and Leonard Posner, violin. It was Mr. Posner, who performed with Frank Sinatra and Pablo Casals, who taught her the love of jazz. While in Austin, Keenan taught with the UT String Project, performed alongside Itzak Perlman, Gunther Schueller, received her Suzuki Certification, and performed throughout Europe (including the Innsbruch Conservatory and the Hindemith Foundation).

After college, Keenan performed professionally in Dallas with the Texas Chamber Orchestra. She taught orchestra for DISD, as well as maintained a private studio. Keenan's students received many awards including winning auctions to Meadowmount, Interlochen and FASA. In 2008, Keenan’s family relocated to the Hill Country. Keenan taught strings for the Harmony School of Creative Arts, created and conducted the Highland Lakes Community Orchestra, created and directed the Chamber Music Festival of Marble Falls, created a violin outreach program at the Boys and Girls Club, and volunteered at Camp Phoenix, teaching violin to troubled and abused children. Keenan also attended the Starling Delay Violin Symposium at Juilliard, attending master classes with Itzak Perlman. Musical life could stop right there for her. . .but she just 'had to' dive into "alternative styles".

Keenan joined a few Jazz combos, joined a Big Band, learned Ragtime, started Texas Fiddle because, well....why not? Life is too short to not love what you do. Soon, Keenan found herself opening concerts for Casting Crowns and Lainey Wright; going to 2 day long epic jams with Bartow Riley, Billy Grammar, Gene Gimble and Texas Shorty; while continuing the love affair with old school violin technique.

In 2011, Keenan created a one-of-a-kind music studio. . .The Agape Haus. The "mission" minded studio has gardens, butterflies, chickens that donate eggs, a community garden and a community bible study. Keenan believes that music impacts more than just the student, but the whole community. Her students are passionate learners, and many have gone on to have careers in music. Keenan teaches all styles to promote diversity and uniqueness. Keenan continues to perform jazz, classical and Texas Fiddle; and teaches violin, viola, cello, fiddle, rhythm guitar, piano and theory. She enjoys the simple life with her husband, children, chickens, pigeons and dogs. . .and she is so excited to be a part of JAAM Camp!