Dr. 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 competitive piano. After being introduced to choral music in high school, Jodi has had lifelong involvement in choral music, leading university, school, church, and community choirs.
Early in her choral music career she became the first female conductor to take first place, multiple times, in a prestigious California choral competition. Since then, Jodi’s choirs have made many notable appearances including National Public Radio’s nationally syndicated radio show From the Top; concerts at the 2018 American Choral Directors Association’s Western Region Conference in Pasadena, CA; the 2018 California All-State Music Educators Conference in San Jose, CA; the 2022 CASMEC Conference in Fresno, CA; and performances in Carnegie Hall and St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in 2019 and 2022. This year Jodi’s choirs will sing in the upcoming 2023 American Choral Directors Association Western Region Conference in Pasadena, CA, and return to New York City in 2024 to give a concert at Lincoln Center in the David Geffen Concert Hall.
Jodi enjoys traveling with choirs internationally and has conducted in magnificent venues, including the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey and La Sagrada Familia in Spain. In Italy Jodi has conducted her choirs in concert in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi; the Chiesa di San Trovaso in Venice; the Chiesa Santa Trinita in Florence; and the Chiesa Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, the Basilica Papale di San Pietro, and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. She is currently a Musical Director with Millennial Choirs & Orchestras and also directs the Choral and Vocal Music program at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA.
Jodi managed a competitive piano studio for two decades before turning her talents to choral music. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree from Claremont Graduate University in conducting, 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. Her mentors include Buddy James, David Rentz, Laurel Brettel, Ted Reid, Susan Bana, and Dottie Nix. She has had the privilege of working with many experts in the field, including Charlene Archibeque, Dennnis Shrock, Jameson Marvin, and Edward McClary.
Jodi is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Chorus America. In addition to spending time with her family, Jodi enjoys scuba diving and any time spent at the ocean.