Jacob Reed is a composer, jazz drummer and music educator. His music is inspired by the study of meaning, woven with contextually significant techniques and tailored with intent. As a pluralist, he draws on a diverse musical background to write with ease across many genres including orchestral, choral, electronic and jazz music. His commissions include writing for the Columbus, Ohio Bicentennial celebration “Finding Time,” the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Church on Capitol Square. He received an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Ohio State University Arts Initiative, and an evening of his work was produced by the Cultural Arts Center of Columbus.
His choral and chamber music has been performed by choirs and new music ensembles across the country. Reed is continually intrigued by the intersection of music with other arts and collaborates frequently with choreographers, writers and visual artists. He serves as Music Director of Hixon Dance for which he recently composed an electronic film score.
Reed teaches vocal music in the Worthington Schools. He studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Dr. David Frego, and received certification in the Kodaly methodology from Capital University. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, and Masters degrees in Music Composition and Music Theory from the Ohio State University.