Keith Scott Reas, Artistic Director
Choral Arts of Chattanooga is pleased to introduce Keith Scott Reas as their new Artistic Director for the 2010-2011 season. Keith Reas was appointed Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in August, 2009. Prior to that, he held similar positions at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. (1991-2009), and in Phoenix, AZ, Rochester, NY and Richland, WA. He served as Interim and Acting Artistic Director for the Alexandria Choral Society (VA) from 2001-2004, and from 2006–2009 led the Women’s Chorus at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Holding degrees in organ performance from Oberlin College and the University of Oregon, Keith Reas was awarded the Doctorate of Music Arts from the Eastman School of Music. He taught at Shepherd College in West Virginia and for several Pipe Organ Encounters of the American Guild of Organists, served on the steering committee of the Washington Music Festival, and is currently co-chair of the New Music Committee for the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Convention.
Dr. Reas has enjoyed an active career as organist, accompanist and conductor. Hailed as “an organists’ organist” (Tucson Daily Star), he took first prize in the 1985 International Organ Playing Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has performed solo recitals for early music societies, universities, churches and chapters of the American Guild of Organists across the United States and in England, Germany and Italy. His collaboration with flutist Linda Marianiello has led them to appearances throughout the United States, and the duo recently released Cantilena, a collection featuring European composers from Baroque to contemporary, their second album through MSF Classics.