The Penn Wind Ensemble has been actively performing on the Penn campus for over 30 years. Comprised of musicians from the entire Penn community, the Penn Wind Ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire drawing on newly composed works for wind band as well as on works from the core wind repertoire. The ensemble also regularly performs works for varied instrumentation, including wind quintets and chamber configurations. The Penn Wind Ensemble rehearses and performs in historic Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s Campus.
Dr. Michael Ketner has enjoyed a varied career as an educator, performer, conductor, and music administrator. After receiving degrees from Penn State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he earned the Doctor of Music Arts degree with the Performer’s Certificate in Trombone from the Eastman School of Music. As a performer, Dr. Ketner has served as Principal Trombonist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on two tours of Japan, and he has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Princeton Festival Orchestras. He has appeared as a soloist with Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Mansfield (PA) University Wind Ensemble.
As a conductor, Dr. Ketner has led the Eastman Trombone Choir, including performances at the New York Brass Conference and the Eastern Trombone Workshop. In 2005, he conducted the Lancaster-Lebanon County Band Festival’s Symphonic Band. He has also held music director positions at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA, and Hatboro Baptist Church in Hatboro, PA.
Prior to joining the Music Department staff at Penn, he held positions on the faculties of Mansfield University (PA) and Prairie View A&M University (TX).
In addition to his role as the Director of the Penn Wind Ensemble, Dr. Ketner is the Director of Performance for the Music Department at Penn where he also teaches a course in arts entrepreneurship. He resides in Jamison, PA, with his wife Kristin and his daughters Sophia and Zoe.