Kate Reid

Title/Position: Associate Professor and Program Director, Jazz Vocal Performance


Why did you choose music as your career?
It sounds a little cliche but I believe music chose me. I knew from a very young age that I would pursue both music performance and education as my career. Music is all I could imagine as a career.

What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life, to date?
I am very proud of the many opportunities I have had as a session musician on the sound stages of Hollywood recording the soundtracks for many major motion pictures. I have had the great fortune of backing up major recording artists on several sessions at Capitol Records. Becoming a part of the ‘jazz fabric’ in Los Angeles working with many of the finest musicians at jazz venues throughout southern California as well as performing at jazz festivals, venues and Universities throughout the U.S. and Canada has also been a privilege. 

Those moments when I have made music with others that is void of ego, at the highest level and ‘in the moment’...those are the outstanding highlights of my professional life.

Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?
The Frost School of Music offers a style and type of education unlike any other higher learning institution. I believe the faculty and administration work diligently together to design a specific course of study for each individual student that enters the School of Music. This attention to detail and the student’s needs is unique to Frost.

The students at Frost are exposed to the finest music and musicians from all over the globe. There is no substitution for these opportunities.

Those chosen to attend Frost will develop their artistry along with their skills.

What do you expect from students at the Frost School of Music?
A sincere and genuine need to express themselves through music and the awareness that this process is a journey.

What do you hope to pass on to students at Frost?
A greater understanding of the responsibility that we have, as musicians, to first and foremost serve the music. As artists, we have the privilege to create, compose, arrange and perform.

Short Biography
Kate Reid is associate professor of jazz voice and program director for Jazz Vocal Performance in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. An acclaimed jazz singer and pianist, Reid joined the Frost faculty in 2013 after serving as chair of the music department and head of the applied music and jazz programs at Cypress College in California. She is in demand as a guest artist, clinician and adjudicator at jazz and choral festivals through the United States and Canada. Reid earned M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Jazz Vocal Performance from UM Frost School of Music and a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University. She has sung and appeared with such notables as Jon Hendricks, Grady Tate, Don Shelton, Mark Murphy, Kevin Mahogany, Paul Anka, Liza Minnelli, Tito Puente, and more. Her latest CD The Love I’m In features saxophonist Ernie Watts and pianist Otmaro Ruis and includes tunes from the American songbook. Like her 2008 release Sentimental Mood, it received extensive airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the U.S, Canada, and Europe. Reid also works regularly as a studio/session singer. Recent film credits include Star Trek Into Darkness; Oz, The Great and Powerful; Epic and Men In Black III, singing the music of Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino and John Powell.  She recently lent her voice to a jazz singing character on CBS’s hit show Vegas.  Other session work includes commercial spots for T-Mobile and Suntory Whiskey and backing vocals for artists MUSE, X Japan and Josh Groban. She is co-author of the GLEE Vocal Method with producer/author Andy Waterman (Hal Leonard Publishing).

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