Rip Keller is a multi-faceted musician, writer, educator, speaker, and Emmy-nominated television personality who uses revolutionary innovations in music to explore ways of breaking conceptual barriers and expanding creative possibilities.
Dividing his time between the United States and Latin America, Keller's entertaining approach to problem solving in diverse contexts has brought him to the stages of The United Nations (Economic Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean), Harvard School of Education, ENTEL, Columbia University and a host of other venues around the world.
Keller was educated at Harvard (BA 1969). His early schooling was at the Lycée de St. Cloud (France), Escuela UNESCO de Cuernavaca (Mexico) and public school in Seattle. He grew up speaking English, Spanish and French, and publishes in both English and Spanish. In the 1990s he worked as a simultaneous interpreter for the United Nations, U.S. State Department, and private sector organizations in Europe and America.
After graduating from Harvard, Keller taught at the University of Veracruz and the Oakwood School (Hollywood). His current work as an educator includes consultation for the Chilean Ministry of Education, as well as teaching at the Catholic University of Chile.
In addition to these educational activities in Chile, Rip Keller starred in a television show which he created, Viaje al Centro de la Música (Voyage to the Center of the Music). He also appears as a soloist, playing classical music and improvising, as well as conducting. In the U.S., he founded and conducted the Los Angeles group I Cantori, and in Mexico he was assistant founding conductor of the chorus of the University of Veracruz Interdisciplinary Arts Institute.
Keller's books include God, Satan, Messiah (Cambridge, Mass., 1981), A la Música (Santiago, Chile, 1992), and La Bella Molinera (Santiago, Chile, 2002). His articles on culture and business have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Francisco Banner, ID Systems, Magazine Age and more. His CDs include Boppin' with Bach, Safe From All Dragons, and Songs of Death and Renewal.
Rip Keller's workshops are participatory activities in which the spirit of play is used to focus on issues such as leadership, team work, crisis, and innovation. His tools include music (no previous knowledge required), verbal games, group role-playing, and shared written exercises.