Shelly Reed currently teaches music for the Abilene Independent Schools at Austin Elementary and serves as an adjunct voice instructor for Abilene Christian University. Previously she taught voice and directed opera at McMurry University. She holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. While in Abilene, Shelly has performed Micaela in Carmen, sung the soprano solos in the Poulenc Gloria, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Mass in D Minor (Lord Nelson) by Franz Josef Haydn in Lubbock and Abilene, performed as soprano soloist with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra in their “Gilbert and Sullivan” concert, as well as sung faculty recitals and concerts in Abilene and surrounding areas.
She is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Great Plains Chapter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity. In addition she is a frequent soloist at local churches and is a member of the Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church choir. She is on the Board of Directors of the Abilene Opera Association, and is frequently called upon to adjudicate local and regional singing competitions. Before coming to Abilene in January 1995, she toured Poland, Hungry, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic as Soprano soloist with the Guy Owen Baker Chorale.
Many of Shelly's students have progressed in the field of music as teachers, and professional performers. Aaron Watson was among one of her voice students at ACU. Shelly is married to Jerrold K. Reed of Abilene.
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