Bill Reed has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Bill was born into a show business family, the son of Vernon Reed of the Buffalo Bills (the acclaimed barbershop quartet). He began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame). He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world, whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Drama Desk, Emmy and Tony awards.
In Vermont, Bill’s adult students have had leading roles in numerous local community and professional musical theater productions. His college and school-aged students have performed extensively in school productions and have gone on to study singing and musical theater at many of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories in the country. A number of Bill’s Vermont students are working professionals and have recently performed in leading roles at the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Bill is in demand nationally as a clinician and has been invited to give workshops at many colleges, universities, and meetings of professional organizations.
“Working with Bill I gained the endurance to do eight shows a week on Broadway. This man is magic!” ~ Gary Lynch, “Javert” in Les Misérables
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Alan Langdon is a celebrated teacher of theater and musical theater, and has taught and developed training programs at schools and theaters around the world. He currently teaches scene study, European/Chekov scene study and musical theater scene study at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. He is the former Head of the Circle in the Square/NYU TISCH undergraduate program, and was the chairman of the theater programs at Hiram College and Simpson College.
Alan has directed off-Broadway, regionally and at Universities and Colleges. He headed the intern program at Williamstown Theater Festival. He has acted off-Broadway in the original production of The Fantasticks and in Intimate Relations. Among students who have studied with him are: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Felicity Huffman, Mathew Lillard, Idina Menzel, Benicio del Toro and Molly Shannon. He has been cited in Outstanding Educators in American and Who’s Who Among Teachers.
Larry Crabtree is originally from Syracuse – NY, where he received his training at the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts, under the Direction of Deborah Boughton. Larry has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Syracuse University, taught/choreographed/performed at Le Moyne College with the Le Moyne Student Dance Company and the Le Moyne College Singers, in addition to directing and choreographing with Angela Saturno a Community Wide Dance Project for the International Healthy Building Conference at the Syracuse OnCenter. Larry was Assistant to the Director/Principal Dancer & Ballet Master for the Anglo-American Ballet for over 20 years in NYC, where he trained with Catherine Kingsley. He has performed as a Guest Artist/Principal Dancer with the New York Theater Ballet, Shore Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, New Jersey Ballet and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. His varied career in Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre and Jazz has traveled him throughout the United States and Europe, in addition to national television programs. He is the Founder/Creator of “Body by Me-Torture by Larry” Personal Training Workouts, established in NYC, in 1998. He has been a Faculty Member at the Anglo-American Ballet School, Circle in the Square Theater School and STEPS Studios in NYC; Dance Centre North, Center of Ballet & Dance Arts and The Ballet And Dance Center in Syracuse, NY, and at the Center for Dance & Theatre in NJ.
Tom Cleary studied music with a concentration in jazz performance at Hampshire College, where his teachers included Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp, and music education and piano performance at the University of Vermont, where his teachers included Sylvia Parker and Elizabeth Metcalfe. He has been featured on recordings with artists including wife, singer/songwriter and pianist Amber deLaurentis (on Hey Sadie) trombonist Rick Davies (Salsa Nortena), saxophonist Brian McCarthy (eponymous debut album) – all available on iTunes – and bassist Mike Gordon of Phish. As an accompanist, he has worked with artists including Judi Silvano, Bill Frisell, Ike Willis and Lester Bowie. He has been commissioned as a composer by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, vocal group Social Band and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. His work as a musical director has included many productions at Saint Michael’s Playhouse over the past fourteen years, including Big River, Barnum, The Drowsy Chaperone, Into The Woods and Young Frankenstein. He teaches on the faculty of the Flynn Arts jazz program and the UVM Music Department’s Jazz Studies Program. He writes a blog on piano, improvisation and the jazz tradition (blog.uvm.edu/tgcleary), and his music can be heard at www.myspace.com/tomclearypiano
Sami Pincus has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 20 years and is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique and the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, London.
Sami was introduced to the Alexander Technique while earning an undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from Brown University, as a dancer in the Brown University modern repertory dance company, Dance Extension and through participation in the Marymount College Drama Program in London. Impressed by the Alexander Technique as a means of enhancing performance and improving overall well-being, she chose to pursue a career as an Alexander Technique teacher. She combines a dedication to health and optimal functioning with a passion for the performing arts. Please visit www.samipincus.com for more information about Sami and The Alexander Technique.