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.
Elisa Van Duyne
ELISA VAN DUYNE has been seen and heard on Broadway in 42nd Street (Lorraine), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), 110 in the Shade (Lily Ann Beasley) with Audra McDonald, and Finian’s Rainbow (Sharon cover/dance captain). She’s also performed in over 40 regional productions including Ragtime at The Kennedy Center, Sound of Music at Fulton Opera House and Kiss Me Kate at Papermill Playhouse, to name a few. Her national tours include White Christmas and Dr. Dolittle, and the European tour of Phantom of the Opera, in which she performed Christine. Some of her favorite roles include Betty Blake in Will Rogers Follies, Velma in Chicago, Milly in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and Young Little Edie in the regional premier of Grey Gardens. She has appeared on TV in Person Of Interest, As the World Turns, The Late Show With David Letterman, Good Morning America, The 2001 TONY Awards, PBS Great Performances and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Over the last several years she’s had the honor of sharing the stage with such diverse talents as Audra McDonald, Tom Wopat, Shirley Jones, John Cullum, Donny Osmond,Tommy Tune and the New York Philharmonic. This summer, she will be performing at the Skinner Barn in Waitsfield, VT.
As a choreographer, she has worked for the international entertainment company CREATIVIVA in Toronto, staged The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls, and Big River at Alpine Theatre Project, Oklahoma! at Seton Hall University, Hairspray with Gaslamp Players, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Ocean County Professional Theater Her other choreographic work includes tap theater pieces Urban Encounters and Don’t Fence Me In at BC/EFA cabaret benefits across the nation.
As an arts educator, she has taught students and professionals at colleges, private studios, summer arts programs and public schools all over the tri-state area, including Flynn Center for Performing Arts, Paper Mill Playhouse, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, AMDA, CAP21, and Mount Holyoke College. She is a proud alumni of The Boston Conservatory and current Equity member. For more information visit www.ElisaVanDuyne.com.