Choral Singing Workshop with guest instructor Bill Reed

  • Cathedral Church of St. Paul 2 Cherry St Burlington, VT, 05401 United States

Choral singing continues to be the most popular form of participation in the performing arts," and "a large majority of choral singers credit chorus experience as key to their team participation or team leadership abilities and with helping them to socialize better in other areas of their lives." (The Chorus Impact Study, 2009) 

But if singing in a chorus is primarily fun, it is also significantly challenging. To help us all move towards making beautiful music, and as a part of the mission of the Burlington Choral Society, the BCS is hosting a choral singing workshop to help choral singers in the area develop their voices and musicianship. This workshop will focus on hearing other sections, building resonant harmonies, and tips on learning and understanding unfamiliar music.

Bill Reed has graciously agreed to be the guest instructor. He will join the Artistic Director of the BCS, Richard Riley, in leading this workshop. Here is the bio for Bill:

While Bill Reed is known in Vermont as a singing teacher who trains performers with interests that range from all forms of popular music to classical art songs and opera, he spent the early decades of his musical life as a professional chorister, tenor soloist and choral conductor.  Bill trained and studied in preparation for his professional life by completing his undergraduate vocal music training at the University of Wisconsin—Madison under choral conductor Vance George. After serving five years as a high school vocal music educator, Bill completed his formal education by earning a doctorate in vocal music education at Columbia University.  While at Columbia, Bill studied voice at Juilliard with the internationally renowned singing teacher, Oren Brown. Upon the completion of his studies, Bill began his career as a choral conductor in higher education, culminating in an appointment at Louisiana State University.   

Despite the many rewards of an academic career, Bill made the decision to move back to New York, where he established a private voice studio in the Lincoln Center neighborhood, and embarked on a career as a professional classical tenor.  He performed as an ensemble member and soloist in many concerts in the U.S. and Europe and participated in a number of recordings as a member of the Pro Arte Chorale under John Nelson, Musica Sacra, and the St. John the Devine Cathedral Choir, under Richard Westenberg, the New York Philharmonic Chorus, under Joseph Flummerfeldt, James Levine and Zubin Mehta, as well as a number of other notable professional choral groups. 

As the years went by, and the demands of a young family became the top priority, Bill reduced his performing commitments, accepted an appointment at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School, and built one of the busiest voice studios for Broadway singers in New York City.  His father, Vern Reed, was the tenor in the Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet (famous for their role in the original cast of Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN), so Bill was very familiar with the Broadway style of singing.  After commuting from Burlington to New York for over 25 years, Bill is now very happy to be in Vermont full-time.    

This workshop will take place on August 23rd in the lower level of St. Paul's Cathedral Church in Burlington from 9:00AM through 12:00PM. There will be signs indicating where to go when you arrive at the facility. The only things you are required to bring are a pencil, an open mind, and a joyous voice. All are welcome. Please feel free to forward this event to other choral groups. Drop-ins are welcome, but, if possible, please pre-register using the form below so that we can plan accordingly.

The cost of this workshop is being covered by the BCS so there is no fee for participation. However, donations are always welcome as they will help ensure that we are able to continue bringing events like this to the community.

Auditions for membership in the Burlington Choral Society will take place on the same day in the same location beginning at 1 pm.  Sign up here to audition. The BCS will perform two programs in the 2014-15 season: Handel's oratorio "Solomon" in November and a program focusing on music from Estonia in April.

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