Alyssa McKeithen joined the VCU Department of Music in 2015 as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe and Music History. Prior university teaching experience includes the University of Florida as Sabbatical Replacement in 2015, The Eastman School of Music as Graduate Teaching Assistant in Oboe and Musicology 2004-6, and Texas Lutheran University as Instructor of Double Reeds 1998-2006.
In addition to her involvement at VCU, Ms. McKeithen is an active freelance performer in Virginia and Florida, recently performing with The Sarasota Opera Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Salute to Vienna Orchestra of South Florida, The Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra, The Roanoke Symphony and The Richmond Symphony. Professional performing experience includes oboe, oboe d’amore, english horn, bass oboe and bassoon.
Ms. McKeithen has taught private lessons, masterclasses, and reed making classes in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Since 2007, she has owned and operated “Double Reed Girl”, an online source for handmade reeds and processed cane, serving oboe and english horn enthusiasts across the country.
Musical training and degrees include studies with Dr. Richard Killmer at The Eastman School of Music (2004-6), Dr. Nancy Ambrose King at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (MM 1998), Dr. Leslie Odom at The University of Florida (BM 1995) and Ms. Patricia Stenberg in Sarasota, Florida.