Dr. Beth Reed

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Dr. Beth Reed

Beth Reed grew up in Columbia, SC and taught in Fairfax, VA for eleven years before coming back to Columbia to work on her Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of South Carolina. While there she was the Assistant Director of the USC String Project and also taught Music Appreciation. Dr. Reed taught middle and high school Orchestra in Fairfax County at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA. Other degrees include a Master of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Performance Certificate in cello from the University of South Carolina (2001).

Dr. Reed is also actively involved in community and teacher education as the Executive Director of the National String Project Consortium, a non-profit organization that focuses on children across the United States having access to string music education and providing preservice string education majors the opportunity to practice teaching. As a conductor, Dr. Reed has guest conducted for the South Carolina Junior All-State Orchestra, Loudon and Prince William County Senior District Orchestras in Virginia, GMEA Middle School Honors Orchestra, and will conduct the Fairfax, VA District 12 Middle School Honors Orchestra in 2020. Her teachers included Dr. Donald Portnoy and Dr. Scott Weiss.

As a cellist, she has performed and soloed with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, Friends and Family Chamber Orchestra of Fairfax County, Signature String Quartet, The Quartet Program, Il Grazioso Piano Trio at the Orford Center of the Arts in Quebec, South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts Resident String Quartet, Eastman Bartok String Quartet Seminar, and on broadcasts for SCETV, South Carolina Public Radio, and WVIA in Pennsylvania. Her teachers included David Ying and Dr. Robert Jesselson.

In her spare time, Dr. Reed enjoys traveling and spending time with her rescue sheltie, Sophie.