Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Robert Reed

Cello/Music Appreciation

354 Alexander Building




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Dr. Reed currently teaches cello and music appreciation at Eastern Michigan University as Part-time Lecturer Faculty. He has held teaching positions at Hillsdale College and Albion College, as well as summer positions at Interlochen and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He also maintains a private studio with over 25 years of experience. Many of Dr. Reed’s students now have professional careers in music.

Dr. Reed’s cello teachers include Louis Potter Jr. (author of The Art of Cello Playing), Owen Carmen (MSU), Stephen Kates (Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore), Larry Lesser and Colin Carr (New England Conservatory), and Erling Blondal Bengtsson (The University of Michigan).

Dr. Robert Reed, a Detroit native, began studies on the cello at age nine and began performing publicly at age eleven. He is very well respected as an accomplished cellist, teacher and chamber musician in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Reed has soloed with numerous orchestras in the state including the Plymouth Symphony and the Ypsilanti Symphony with guest appearances as soloist at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids with the Andover Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Reed also performs chamber music with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and faculty of EMU.

Dr. Reed has been a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra since 1996 and a substitute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 1998. For thirteen years he performed full time with the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Symphony String Quartet.

Along with his musical endeavors, Dr. Reed was also the sales manager for Luck’s Music Library, a leading publisher and distributor of orchestral music. Prior to his position at Luck’s, Dr. Reed was a representative in the Fine Instruments Division of Shar Music, a dealer of rare string instruments and bows. He is also the current treasurer for The Michigan Chapter of The American String Teachers Association.

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