He graduated from Oxnard Union High School in Oxnard, California in 1933, after which he attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Howard Hanson, obtaining B.M. (1937) and M.M. (1938) degrees. In 1939 he was awarded US$500 in the 1939 Henry Hadley Foundation competition.
He taught at the University of Michigan (where his notable students included Leslie Bassett, George Balch Wilson, and Donald Harris) then at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from 1958 to 1976. His notable students at the University of Oregon include Ralph Towner, Stephen Scott, Raymond Barker, David W. Maves, Ricky L. Callier, Robert Scott Thompson, Lawrence Crawford, Burt Levy, and Jim Cockey. Also at the University of Oregon, Keller worked with Jon Appleton to set up that university's electronic music studio.
While at the University of Michigan he also served on the Interlochen Music Camp staff where he helped and influenced many aspiring young musicians including notable Dwight Beckham in 1950.
The Homer Keller Papers are held by the Eastman School of Music.
- Sonatina No.1 for Piano (1935)
- Symphony No.1 in A Minor (1938)
- Chamber Symphony (1941)
- Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (1941)
- Six Preludes for Piano (1947)
- Sonatina No.2 for Piano (1947)
- Symphony No.2 (1948)
- Magnificat for Chorus and Orchestra (1948)
- Fantasy and Fugue for Organ (1949)
- Sonata for Viola and Piano (1951)
- Sonata for Organ (1952)
- Sonata for Flute and Piano (1953)
- Offertory for Organ (1955)
- Symphony No.3 (1956)
- String Quartet (1958)
- Duo for Violin and Harpsichord (1960)
- 3 Constructs for Piano (1966)
- Declaration for Violin, Cello and Piano (1966)
- Interplay for Chamber Orchestra (1970)
- Sonorities for Orchestra (1970)
- For Behold, I Create New Heavens and New Earth for Chorus and Organ (1971)
- Sonata for Piano (1972)
- Sonata for Cello and Piano (1977)
- Quiet Music for a Tree for Piano (1979)
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