Jodi Reed is thrilled to join the Mater Dei Performing Arts team. She is a conductor and pianist. Jodi began her musical study at a young age studying piano competitively. After being introduced to choral music in high school Jodi has had a lifelong involvement in choral music, conducting university, school, church, and community choirs. In her five years teaching high school, all her competing choirs consistently received 1st place at the prestigious Golden State Choral Competition. She has taken her choirs to national choral competitions in Chicago, Nashville, and Seattle receiving 1st place Gold, earning the adjudicator's award and Highest Scoring Choir. In 2016 Monte Vista’s Chamber Singers appeared on NPR's nationally syndicated radio show From The Top hosted by Christopher O'Riley, reaching over 1 million listeners each time the show airs. Jodi was invited to perform at the 2018 Western American Choral Director's Association Conference held in Pasadena, California. In February 2019 she performed full concerts in New York City, conducting her concert choir in the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral and in Carnegie Hall.
Prior to teaching high school, Jodi maintained a competitive piano studio for over twenty-five years. She received a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from California State University East Bay where she was a vocal coach, conducted university choirs, and was a gradate teaching assistant. She also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from San Jose State University. Jodi’s mentors include Buddy James, Laurel Brettel,Ted Reid, and Susan Bana.
Jodi is an active member of American Choral Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, and Chorus America. Jodi Reed and her husband Jeff are parents of six children and reside in Orange County.