Susan Reed is a contemporary violinist, folk musician, singer and storyteller from the Boston area. Susan is a multi-instrumentalist who uses original songs and stories to work magic with families, on local and national stages. Her aim is to inspire a life-long love of music. Common to all of her performances is a trademark sense of humor and optimism, and her conviction that music has the power to broaden people’s understanding of the world around them.
Before launching her solo career, Susan was Director of Suzuki Studies at New England Conservatory of Music. She is well known in New England as the founder of the Ogontz Suzuki Institute in Lyman, NH- named one of the “Best Family Camps in US” by Parents Magazine. Susan’s formal training includes both a Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Susan performs her songs and stories with orchestras nationwide. Along with traditional narrations and live story notes for kids, Susan draws audiences into the rich world of classical music, connecting audience to ensemble, and strengthening musical communities. Susan Reed presents family music at its best, inspiring a new generation of classical musicians and listeners.
“Music and storytelling, it is my favorite way to encourage people to think about the world around them or the person sitting right next to them. That’s what I like to do.”
Susan is pleased to share her newest CD of songs and stories for families and children, Lion In The Sky. It was awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award, and a Creative Child Magazine CD of the Year award. Her previous CD, Gather was awarded a 2008 Parents’ Choice Approved Award as well as a 2008 National Parenting Publications Honors Award (NAPPA.) Her previous CD, Earth Songs is a winner of a 2006 Parent’s Choice Recommended Award, and a 2006 NAPPA Honors Award. Her CD’s, Shoes and Skipping Round The Moon were also honored with awards from NAPPA.
Susan also performs with her family string trio, Tatu Mianzi, presenting a fresh twist on the classical string trio. From Medieval to Mozart, from Beethoven to bulgars, Tatu Mianzi presents an eclectic musical offering with strings in every size, shape, and color. With something for all ages, this trio answers the question of musical relevance in today’s modern world with a resounding YES!
Susan is dedicated to the future of music education. She is active both nationally and internationally as a Suzuki clinician and also served as Chair of the Board of Overseers at New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, MA. She regularly presents, Teach Smart, a teaching workshop for young performers, and also mentors in the Entrepreneurial Musicianship program at NEC.
In collaboration with Barefoot Books, Susan is pleased to announce awards for Up, Up, Up!, her newest children’s book, winning a NAPPA Gold Award, a Mom's Choice Gold Award and a Tillywig Bright Eyes Award. This song and storybook combination is written by Susan Reed and illustrated by Rachel Orefield. Susan has a book of dance tunes out as well, called Baker’s Dozen. She has also recorded Playtime Rhymes, a collection of children’s playground rhymes and poetry, illustrated by Clare Beaton, If You’re Happy and You Know It, written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Sophie Fatus and Over In the Meadow, illustrated by Jill McDonald . Susan composed and recorded Ooommm Mmmooo, to accompany a children’s yoga book by Villegas Editores.
All of Susan’s recordings and books are available on her website: www.susanreed.com.