Jodi Reed and her husband are the parents of six children. A conductor and pianist, she began her musical career at a young age studying piano competitively. After being introduced to choral music in high school, Jodi has had lifelong involvement in choral music, leading university, school, church, and community choirs.
Jodi spent five years directing Monte Vista High School’s choral program in Danville, California, and was the first female conductor ever to place first at the prestigious Golden State Choral Competition, which she won several times. Her Chamber Singers appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show From the Top, which reaches over one million listeners each time the show airs. Monte Vista’s Concert Choir was selected by blind audition to perform in concert at the 2018 American Choral Directors Association’s Western Region Conference held in Pasadena, California, and in 2019 Monte Vista Concert Choir was selected to perform a full concert under Jodi’s 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 in Chicago, New York, Nashville, Seattle, and California. Jodi has enjoyed traveling with her choirs internationally, most recently to Spain, conducting her choirs in magnificent venues, including the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and La Sagrada Familia. In addition to being an Associate Musical Director with Millennial® Choirs & Orchestras in Orange County, California, Jodi has recently taken over the position of directing the Choral and Vocal Music Program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.
Before becoming a choral director, Jodi maintained a competitive piano studio for over two decades. She received a master’s degree in choral conducting from California State University East Bay and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from San Jose State University. Jodi’s mentors include Buddy James, Jeffrey Sykes, Laurel Brettel, Ellen Wasserman, Pam Hicks, Ted Reid, Susan Bana, and Dottie Nix. She has had the privilege of working with Charlene Archibeque, Dennnis Shrock, Jameson Marvin, and Edward McClary.
Jodi is an active member of American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Chorus America. In addition to spending time with her growing family, Jodi enjoys scuba diving and any time spent at the ocean.