Casidy Reed, (she/her/hers), is a musician, educator, and advocate for music education. Native to Buffalo, NY, she is currently a Band Director at the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Previously, she was a Band Director in the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY. She will be beginning her PhD studies in Music Education this fall at Case Western Reserve University. Reed received her Master of Music in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music in 2021. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music Education as a trumpet primary from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in 2019.
Reed is the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Youth Honors Orchestra Program and the New Horizons Band program at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Community Arts School, a trumpet player with the Cleveland Winds, freelances in the Cleveland area, and maintains her own private studio of trumpet students of all ages.
Reed has studied trumpet with James Thompson, former principal trumpet of the Montreal and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, Jack Sutte of the Cleveland Orchestra, John Maguda, Frank Campos, and Michael Vertoske.
Reed hopes to live a life dedicated to creating music and teaching others. She believes that musical performance and education should be intertwined. She is the creator and host of her own podcast, “HERstory”, which focuses on the issues of equity in the music profession. She is an editor for the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) and serves on the Advocacy, Development, and Social Media committees of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). She maintains professional memberships with the Ohio Music Education Association, (OMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), and Women Band Directors International (WBDI).
Her current research areas include equity and access in music education, intersectionality, music aptitude and achievement, community music school education, educational leadership, and teacher preparation programs.