Keith Neisler is an avid student, performer and supporter of music. Keith’s love of music started with playing violin at age 7, where he participated in the Illinois Summer Youth Music camps and after moving to San Antonio, a member of the San Antonio Youth Symphony. Neisler transitioned to singing and studied with Evelyn Troxler, Neil Wilson and Debra Dalton at UTSA. He has performed as a member of the Texas Bach Choir, Choral Arts Society of DC, Opera Omaha Chorus, Omaha Chamber Choir, Lexington Bach Choir and the High Holy Days Choir at Temple Bethel in San Antonio. Additionally, he has served in church choirs in Portland, Omaha, Lexington, Austin, and most recently, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio.
Keith’s career has been diverse and includes work in political and artist consulting, college instructor, railroad distribution, audience services, a tour in the US Army and public radio. His work in public radio ranged from local host to program director to general manager. He began his radio career as the local classical host at KVNO in Omaha, where he also served as operations manager. He moved to the Omaha local NPR affiliate, KIOS, as the local morning host, becoming general manager and serving in that capacity until 2009. He became the assistant general manager and program director for 88.9 WEKU, Lexington/Richmond, KY. He moved back home to Texas to serve as program director for KMFA and KUT in Austin. He also served on national boards for public radio, including the Public Radio Program Directors Association, NPR Station Advocacy Advisory Group and other committees in the system. He returned to San Antonio and is currently an estimator for The Fetzer Companies, Inc., a commercial general contractor.
Keith’s education includes a bachelors degree (BA) from UTSA, masters (MA) from SWTSU (Texas State University) and post-graduate work at Washington State University. Additionally, he completed the Institute of Political Psychology program from The Ohio State University.
Keith is the father of three amazing children; Katy, Donald and Jenny.
As to why he is excited to be on the CMI Board, “I believe in the mission of this organization and the impact the education outreach and musical programming has done and can do for the community.”