Keehun is a student of Octavio Más-Arocas at Ithaca College. In Ithaca, he has served as the Orchestra Director to Savoyards Ithaca, the premier musical theatre troupe in Ithaca, for two seasons and has led them on their productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Rupert Holme’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has also served as principal conductor for the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble, Sinfonietta, and Gamer Symphony; as assistant conductor for Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; and as guest conductor for Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. In his role as assistant conductor, he has led many rehearsals including those for the orchestra’s tour to Lincoln Center in 2017.
Prior to moving to Ithaca, Keehun founded Commodore Orchestra, the first community orchestra at Vanderbilt University, which he led for four years. At Vanderbilt University, he was selected to conduct the world premiere of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson (Full Version) with the internationally-renown violinist Peter Sheppard-Skærved and Facebook Chronicles. These world premieres were sponsored by BMI and received great acclaim by the composer who attended the concert. In Nashville, he also served as production assistant to Jim Gray, one of the most prominent arrangers and orchestrators in Nashville. With Mr. Gray, he supervised recording sessions, prepared music, and engraved manuscripts.
Keehun has collaborated with internationally-recognized soloists such as Jeremy Wilson (formerly, Vienna Philharmonic), Peter Sheppard-Skærved (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Malcolm Bilson, and he has studied with respected conductors such as Courtney Lewis, Larry Rachleff, Kenneth Kiesler, Neil Varon, Donald Schleicher, and Octavio Más-Arocas. In 2014, he was invited by Leonard Slatkin to spend a week with the Detroit Symphony to be mentored and observe rehearsals, and in 2017, he served as assistant to Benjamin Loeb, the artistic director of International Conducting Workshop and Festival.
As an advocate for contemporary and new music, he has worked with and premiered many works by professional and student composers including Elliott Schwartz, Chinary Ung, Marianne Ploger, Charles Rochester Young, Michael Rose, Sean William Calhoun, Emmanuel Berrido, Dallas Howard, Amy Thompson, and Elena Specht.
When he is not conducting or studying scores, Keehun is orchestrating, cooking, hiking, canoeing, editing videos, computer programming, reading, and writing.