Jonathan Reed


Jonathan Reed is excited to join the Lansing Symphony for the 2018/2019 season. Originally from St. Joseph, MI, he grew up in a musical family with both parents serving as music educators and professional musicians in Southwest Michigan. His father was his orchestra teacher in the St. Joseph Public Schools. He credits his Suzuki piano lessons at age 5, early bass teachers, and his parents for setting him up well for a career in music. He spent 3 summers at Interlochen where he was recruited by Jack Budrow to attend Michigan State University. 

While at Michigan State, Jonathan was a regular member of the Ann Arbor, Lansing. Kalamazoo, and Southwest Michigan Symphonies. He furthered his orchestral studies by attending the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX to study privately with Timothy Pitts. While there he served as Assistant Principal Bass in the Symphony of Southeast Texas. More recently, Jonathan finished his fellowship with the New World Symphony Orchestral Academy under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach, FL. Jonathan has attended many prestigious summer music festivals on scholarship which include Aspen Music Festival and School, Vermont Mozart Festival, Wabass Institute, Music Academy of the West, Domaine Forget, and Brevard Music Center.

Jonathan has played with the New World Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera, San Antonio Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra among others. He has performed on orchestra tours in China, Austria, Italy, and Germany. In 2010, he performed the Vanhal Concerto in Carnegie Hall and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC with the St. Joseph High School Chamber Orchestra. 

Jonathan maintained a private bass studio in Lansing and taught for the Citadel Dance and Music Center in Benton Harbor where his mother, Susan Dietrich-Reed serves as Executive Director. He also taught privately in the Cypress Fairbanks and Clear Creek school districts in Texas and served as Artist-in Residence for the St Joseph Public Schools Orchestra Program. Jonathan believes in passing down the musical and non-musical life lessons he’s picked up along the way to the next generation of musicians and looks forward to building a strong studio in the near future. He is a certified Suzuki instructor and this past January was invited to teach at the IberAcademy in Medellin, Columbia representing the New World Symphony. Jonathan also taught regularly at the Miami Music Project, an El Sistema inspired program, while living in Miami Beach.

He holds a B.M. in Music Performance from Michigan State University in 2009 where he studied with Jack Budrow and a M.M. in Music Performance from Rice University in 2012 studying with Timothy Pitts and Paul Ellison. 

Jonathan’s hobbies include playing electric bass, weight lifting, running, reading, watching sports, and spending time with his lovely wife Elizabeth Reed, a choir and general music teacher at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos, MI. He is looking forward to running his first half marathon in Grand Rapids October 21st.