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Jonathan Reed, M.M.

Lecturer of Music - Double Bass


Double bass player Jonathan Reed joined the Grand Rapids Symphony in the 2018-19 season. Originally from St. Joseph, Michigan, he grew up in a musical family with both parents serving as music educators and professional musicians in Southwest Michigan. He credits his Suzuki piano lessons, bass teachers, and parents for instilling a lifelong passion for music. He later spent three summers at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp where he was recruited by Jack Budrow to attend Michigan State University.

While at MSU, Jonathan was a regular member of the Ann Arbor, Lansing. Kalamazoo, and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestras. He furthered his orchestral studies at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he studied privately with Timothy Pitts. After freelancing in Texas and Michigan, Jonathan received a fellowship to attend the New World Symphony Orchestral Academy under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach, Florida, which he finished in 2018.

Jonathan has attended many summer music festivals on scholarship including Aspen Music Festival and School, Vermont Mozart Festival, Wabass Institute, Music Academy of the West, Domaine Forget, and Brevard Music Center.

Jonathan has had the honor of performing with the New World Symphony, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic, Royal Swedish Opera, San Antonio Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra among others. He is currently a member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

He has performed on orchestra tours in China, Austria, Italy, and Germany. In 2010, he performed the Vanhal Concerto in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as an alumnus with the St. Joseph High School Chamber Orchestra.

Jonathan currently maintains a private bass studio in East Lansing and previously taught for the Citadel Dance and Music Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where his mother, Susan Dietrich-Reed, serves as Executive Director. He taught extensively in the Cypress Fairbanks and Clear Creek school districts in Texas and served as Artist-in-Residence for the St. Joseph Public Schools. He is a certified Suzuki instructor and in January 2018 was invited to teach at the IberAcademy in Medellin, Columbia, for a week of masterclasses, lessons, and coaching as part of the New World Symphony outreach initiative. Jonathan has taught at the Miami Music Project, an El Sistema inspired program, while living in Miami Beach, Florida.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Michigan State University in 2009 and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Rice University in 2012. His primary teachers are Jack Budrow, Timothy Pitts, and Paul Ellison.

Jonathan’s hobbies include playing early music on his bass viol, weight lifting, running, reading, watching sports, and spending time with his wife Elizabeth, a choir and vocal music teacher at Kinawa Middle School in Okemos, Michigan.