Keith Young

  • Keith YoungProfessor


    Musical Pit Orchestra Conductor

    Contact Information

    Cogswell Hall 214



    Applied Saxophone

    Jazz Band


    Theory Skills


    DMA, University of Maryland

    MM, Catholic University

    BME, Bowling Green State University


    Keith R. Young is professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches saxophone performance studies and directs the IUP Jazz Band, musical Pit Orchestras, and classes in woodwind methods and music theory. In 1998 he retired as the principal saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. With that ensemble, he performed on saxophone and piano with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring throughout the world.

    As saxophone soloist, Dr. Young has performed on international tours with the U.S. Air Force Band and as guest soloist with college and high school bands. Solo performances have included the 1986 International Bandmasters and Orchestra Directors Conference in Chicago; World Saxophone Congresses in the United States, Japan, Italy, and Canada; the 1988 MENC; the 1989 ABA Convention; Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina music educators conferences; the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums; and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop. 

    Dr. Young has a solo compact disc with Crystal Records entitled Saxophone Voices from Five Countries, sold on Amazon. He has also published two master class compact discs with The Saxophone Journal on saxophone performance techniques.

    As a music educator off campus, Dr. Young is active as guest conductor and clinician for jazz festivals, as well as regularly taking the IUP Jazz Band to perform in public school settings. His saxophone students from IUP have won the Johnstown and Butler Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; the IUP Student Solo Recital Competition; and the Bronze Medal for the prestigious 2002 Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition Senior Winds Division. 

    Dr. Young received music degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Maryland. He also studied in Bordeaux, France.  Saxophone professors have included Jean Marie Londeix, Dale Underwood, Reginald Jackson, Louis Marini, Sr., and jazz saxophonist Chris Vadala.