Kelly Krebs is a Twin Cities-based composer who loves writing for the voice—both solo and choral works. His song-cycle "Not Waving, But Drowning," on poems by Stevie Smith, was recently premiered by members of the music faculty at Hamline University in St. Paul, where Krebs serves as Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, managing the day-to-day operations of The Creative Writing Programs.
Krebs holds a B.A. in Music and Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota–Morris, where he studied voice with Ken Hodgson and Janet Ahern and composition with Clyde Johnson. Subsequently he pursued graduate studies in composition with Claude Baker at the University of Louisville (where he also earned an M.Ed. in College Personnel Services).
After a 20-year hiatus, Krebs returned to composing in 2015, studying with Janika Vandervelde at Hamline University. A long-time choral singer, he has sung in such ensembles as the Bach Society of Minnesota and the Bach Society of Louisville, and is currently a member of the choir at St. Mark's Cathedral in Minneapolis.