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.