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Jamie Kelley

Director of Choral Activities

Department: Department of Music
Phone: (712) 279-5548
Email: Jamie.Kelley@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Heelan Hall 179


  • Bachelor of Music Education, Wartburg College
  • Master of Music, Choral Conducting, University of Northern Iowa
  • Athletic Coach Endorsement, Heartland AEA/Drake University


Jamie Kelley is a 2005 graduate of Wartburg College where he obtained his Bachelor of Music Education degree with a theatre minor. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa where he obtained a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting in 2009. After graduating from Wartburg College, he taught 6-8 grade general music, choir, and drama at Vernon Middle School in the Marion Independent School District in Marion, Iowa from 2005-2007. There, he increased the student involvement in choral music from roughly 25% to almost 40% of the student body as well as create a musical theatre program.

During the 2009-2010 school year, Kelley was employed at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School in Sioux City where he served as Co-Director of Choral Activities. There, he conducted the Freshmen Women’s Choir, Chorale, Pinnacle Show Choir, Genesis Show Choir, Premium Blend Jazz Ensemble, Motet Choir, and co-directed the Crusader Men’s Choir and the weekly Liturgical Choir.

From 2010-2018, Kelley was the Director of Choral Activities at Algona High School where he directed Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Singers, inTunE Jazz Choir, and Premium Blend Jazz Choir while also teaching Music Theory I and II. While in Algona, he has also directed the Algona Cornbelt Men’s A cappella Chorus from 2012-2015, an ensemble that he now sings with. Before coming to BCU, Jamie taught at Waldorf University as Vocal Studies Adjunct where he had the male voice studio and served as the instructor of Conducting and Vocal Literature.

He is blessed to be married to his best friend, Heidi Kelley, and have two children.