Her experience encompasses young beginners, university vocal majors, and advanced students as they prepare for conservatory examinations, auditions and professional careers. She is an expert on the ‘bel canto’ technique used by world renowned opera singers and recitalists such as Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo,etc.
Evelyne Reid received her early music training in piano and voice growing up in the Sudbury area. She graduated from Toronto Teacher’s College in 1962, received an ARCT in Singing in 1972 and a BA in Native Studies, minoring in English and Psychology, from Trent University in 1978.
Ms. Reid has taught at every level of the educational system from kindergarten, primary, through to high school and as a Sessional Lecturer in Voice at Lakehead University. In 1973 she was the driving force behind and a founding member of the first nursery school in Lakefield, Ontario. Lakefield Co-operative Nursery School is still flourishing 40 years later.
Ms. Reid has extensive experience and success with choirs of all ages. Fortunate to have worked with and mentored by Don Gillies, she has been the music director for Pajama Game, Fiddler on the Roof, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Shop of Horrors, a professional production. She also was music director and co-stage director for the Gilbert and Sullivan production of The Mikado.
She has performed extensively in recitals in Thunder Bay, Kitchener and Peterborough; as soloist with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s The Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem; with the TBSO in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde; and several concerts with Consortium Aurora Borealis and with Lakehead University’s Lumina Series including the roles of Serpina in the opera buffa, La Serva Padrona by Pergolisi and Lucy in The Telephone by Menotti.
She maintains a studio of dedicated students at the Avila Music School & Memorial Library; is actively involved on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Music Festival Association, encouraging student musicians and teachers of all disciplines across the province. As well, for four years she served as the Ontario Designate at the Federation of Canadian Music Festival competitions, supervising this province’s talented young competitors.