A conductor and pianist, Jodi has had lifelong involvement in choral music. In her ninth year of teaching, Jodi has been the director of two accomplished high school choral programs, and loves performing and traveling with her groups. She was the first female conductor to place first at the prestigious Golden State Choral Competition, which she has since won several times. Her choirs have placed first at numerous national competitions in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Seattle.
Some notable performances include conducting her Chamber Singers on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show From the Top, reaching over a million listeners, selected by blind audition to perform at the 2018 American Choral Directors Association Conference, international concerts at the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, the Bilbao Guggenheim, La Sagrada Familia, full concerts in 2019 and 2022 under her baton in Carnegie Hall and the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Her choirs have received honors for their beautiful tone and artistry throughout the country and internationally.
Prior to teaching high school, Jodi maintained a competitive piano studio for over twenty-five years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from California State University East Bay where she was a vocal coach, conducted university choirs, and was a graduate teaching assistant. She anticipates finishing her doctoral work in conducting performance May 2023. Jodi’s mentors include Buddy James, Jeffrey Sykes, Laurel Brettel, David Rentz, Ted Reid, and Susan Bana. In addition to her work with Mater Dei High School Choirs she is the California conductor with Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras.
Jodi Reed and her husband are the parents of six children, three of which are proud Monarchs, and grandparents to three amazing little ones.
Jodi enjoys scuba diving, paddle boarding and any time spent in the ocean.
Jodi is an active member of American Choral Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, and Chorus America. Jodi Reed currently resides in Laguna Hills with her husband, Jeff, and their six children.
Year Appointed: 2019