BIOS

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Jeffrey Reed

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Scott Watkins

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PATRON SERVICES

Jennay Keelin

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jacqueline Baker

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE

Neil Sedaka

BOWLING GREEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR

Dr. Brian St. John

ORCHESTRA KENTUCKY CHORALE CHORUS MASTER

Nancy Hill Cron

STAFF ARRANGER

Pamela Thurman

PERSONNEL MANAGER

Lee K. Blakeman

JEFFREY REED | MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

“A melody, a lyric, or a certain harmony can trigger memories,” says conductor Jeffrey Reed.

 Reed has been bringing back the memories as music director of the acclaimed Orchestra Kentucky. His concert presentations are singularly authentic, recreating the soundtracks of pop music’s greatest decades. From the 1940s to our time, his concerts celebrate anniversaries and popular music milestones, from Elvis, The Beatles and The Beach Boys to The Carpenters and beyond, drawing on some of the nation’s brightest musical talent.     

 Reed has worked with Glen Campbell, Keith Emerson, Neil Sedaka, Peter Tork, Paul Williams and many others in appearances with his own orchestra and orchestras in St. Petersburg (Russia) and South Korea. He has twice appeared with the Royal Philharmonic at London’s Royal Albert Hall at the specific request of Neil Sedaka.   

 In the U.S., Jeffrey Reed has conducted the orchestras of Alabama, Augusta, Charleston, Detroit, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Portland (ME), South Bend, and Winston-Salem. In the coming season, his guest engagements include concerts with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Knoxville, Sacramento, and Riverside (CA).

 His pops programming has been nationally recognized. Bestselling author and marketer Seth Godin singled out Jeffrey Reed in his best-selling study of new creativity, “Small is the New Big.” Godin praised his “clever” concerts and praised the “totally different way” Reed approaches programming. Reed is the only musician featured in the book.  

In addition to his work with Orchestra Kentucky, Jeffrey Reed serves as Principal Guest Conductor of Symphony Orchestra Augusta for the 2016-2017 season. He has also served as music director of the North Charleston Pops and the Murfreesboro Symphony.


 email: jreed@orchestrakentucky.com

For booking information, please contact artist representative Rachel Bowron at rachel@rachelbowron.com.

BRIAN ST. JOHN | YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR

Dr. Brian St. John is the Baker Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Western Kentucky University. Out of his 23 years of professional conducting he has 16 years of experience with student and youth orchestras. Dr. St. John has written and premiered eight ballets designed for young musicians and dancers.

 

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SCOTT WATKINS | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Scott Watkins moved to Bowling Green from El Dorado, Arkansas where he was the Executive Director of the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. While there he helped to transform the orchestra and influence community lives through inspirational programming and fundraising efforts.

Through encouragement of friends and professionals, Watkins started his orchestra management career at the Dallas Symphony and thereafter served in leadership positions at Symphony Arlington, Corpus Christi Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and the South Arkansas Symphony. He’s studied music and received degrees from Northern Arizona University, University of Phoenix, and University of North Texas. Watkins has been awarded the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership and was a finalist for the League of American Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship Program.

In his free time, he enjoys keeping up his clarinet performance skills, cycling and hiking thousands of miles through the year, reading books, and spending valuable time with his family.

He is married to Karen Watkins, who is a talented vocalist/pianist and teaches music at Hugh Goodwin Elementary School and the South Arkansas Arts Center. She holds her bachelor’s degree in music education from Arizona State University along with numerous singing credits to her name. They have five children (two in college) who are also involved in music, two cats, and a dog.

NANCY HILL CRON | CHORUS MASTER | ORCHESTRA KENTUCKY CHORALE

 

Nancy Hill Cron, chorus master of the Orchestra Kentucky Chorale, has been teaching at Western Kentucky University since 1994. While at Western she has taught courses in voice, aural skills, group piano, and music education. Ms. Cron has taught public school music (K-12) in Russellville, Hardin County and Bowling Green and has over 35 years experience as a church choir director. Ms. Cron has appeared as soprano soloist for many performances with the Western Choral Society and she continues to perform as a recital soloist. She is a participating member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).