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Dr Reid SmithDR. REID SMITH began piano lessons when he was 4.  He was accompanying the choirs at church when six years old, gave his first solo recital tour when 8 years old, and began teaching the beginners in his piano teacher’s studio when he was nine. At 11, he performed a Mozart Concerto with orchestra, at 12 was appointed the church organist, and soon after won his first national piano competition.
Reid has taught piano at The Juilliard School, Kent State University, St. John’s University, and the University of Minnesota.  A graduate of Boston University and the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik, Austria, Reid received his Masters in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School.  He has toured as a soloist throughout the United States to critical acclaim for eight seasons under the auspices of Columbia Artists, has performed concerti with several orchestras, and was a professor at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, for three years.  His doctoral thesis—“An Analysis of the Structural, Technical and Pedagogical Aspects of the Chopin Etudes Opus 10 and Opus 25” included a supporting performance of the 24 Chopin Etudes. 

His teaching combines the finest aspects of the German School (from Leonard Shure, Boston University, assistant to Artur Schnabel), with the Russian School (from Sascha Gorodnitzki, Juilliard), and the Leschetizky method (from Noel Flores, Vienna).  He has recorded two Chopin CDs: Volume I includes the 4 Ballades and other major works, Volume II consists of the 24 Etudes Op. 10 and 25 and a Franz Liszt CD, Vol. III. CDs are available for purchase by request to DrReidSmith@aol.com, or at public events associated with the piano program.

This year, Dr. Smith is entering his 26th year of teaching at Minnehaha and Mounds Park Academies! Reid is a Master Certified Teacher with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and frequently attends the National Convention of the Music Teachers Association and the World Pedagogy Conferences. Several of his students have won college music scholarships. 

He was on the faculty of the 2007 International Yves Nat Piano Festival in Serignan, France. Oxana Yablonskaya of the Juilliard School and Reid were the two featured solo artists at that festival.  Reid was also on the faculty of the 2009 International Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, the 2010 Varallo Italy International Festival and the 2011 Norma Italy International Festival. He was on the jury of the 2nd Maria Herrero International Piano Competition and on the faculty of the Granada Spain Music Festival in 2012, where one of his students, Emma Taggart, was the unanimous first prize winner. In 2013 he was on the jury of the 23rd Cantu International Concerto Competition and the first Barlassina International Young Talents Competition, both in Italy. Most recently Reid took 14 student performers to the 2014 Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, where 10 of his students performed concerto movements with the Milan Chamber Orchestra.

Reid will be returning to Italy in the spring of 2015 to serve on the jury for the 25th Cantu International Concerto Competition.

THE TEACHING TEAM   Reid teaches with several assistant instructors on a rotating basis. Gifted pianists with a desire to major in piano performance who are also committed to the practicing necessary for a life in music and to preparing for solo recitals may audition for private weekly lessons with Reid instead.   

LaWayne LenoLaWayne Leno began his piano studies in his native North Dakota with Belle Mehus and later taught for several years for Belle Mehus at the Mehus Conservatory in Bismarck, ND.  LaWayne is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck. He continued his piano studies with Oxana Yablonskaya of the Juilliard School, and most recently coached with Alexandre Dossin of the University of Oregon.  LaWayne has been a long time church organist, choir accompanist, and for several years was a duo partner of violinist, Alex Romanov.  LaWayne has also studied and performed at the 2008, 2009, and 2011 Piano Texas Institute in Fort Worth. He taught and performed in recital with Reid at the International Festival in Serignan, France and LaWayne and Reid have performed in the Schubert Club Courtroom Series.  This will be LaWayne's 15th year as one of Reid's assitants. In addition, he has received international recognition as the author of The Untold Story of Adele aus der Ohe From a Liszt Student to a Virtuoso. For complete details, go to:   The Untold Story of Adele aus der Ohe  

Linda HolmenLinda Holmen began her piano studies at age 8 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She participated in MMTA competitions, performing twice at Northrup Auditorium at the U of MN. She studied at Augsburg College with Diana Lee Lucker where she earned her degrees in Elementary Education and Music, with an emphasis on Piano Performance.  As an adult Linda has studied with Larry David and Reid Smith. She taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years and has accompanied numerous musicals and choir concerts, and church and community choirs.  Linda also plays flute and piccolo in the Synod Senior Band in Minneapolis and for many years performed with the Twin Cities Flute Ensemble.  She also sings in numerous choirs, including Evangelion which tours in Ukraine every other year.  Linda is currently on the board of directors of the National Lutheran Choir, Minnesota Independent School Forum, and Hammer Residences in Wayzata.  This will be her 14th year as one of Reid's assistants.

 

Virginia SundbergGinny Sundberg began formal piano training at age 6 with Thelma Chorlian in the New York metro area.  In high school she studied piano and organ with Dr Rolf Espeseth.  Since age 15 she has been an organist and choir director with numerous churches, both on the east coast and in St Paul.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from St Olaf College and a Master's degree in Church Music from Princeton Seminary.  She has had long associations with MPA, Hamline University and Princeton University.  Ginny was a founding member of The Oratorio Society of Minnesota under Dr. George Chu.  This will be her 11th year as one of Reid’s assistants. 


 
 
Dr Reid Smith Piano Studio
Dellwood, MN 55110