Arts of Southern Kentucky Staff
Jeffrey A. Reed
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OPERATIONS & RENTALS
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JEFFREY REED | MUSIC DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE 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 Orchestra Kentucky since he founded it in 2000. Sometimes combining classical and popular music, his concert presentations are singularly authentic, recreating the soundtracks of music’s greatest decades. From the 17th century to our time, his concerts celebrate anniversaries and music milestones, from Beethoven, Mahler and Stravinsky, to Elvis, The Beatles and The Carpenters, drawing on some of the nation’s brightest musical talent.
Reed has worked with Rachel Barton Pine, Air Supply, BJ Thomas, Chuck Barris, Larry Gatlin, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, Peter Tork, Glen Campbell, Keith Emerson, Neil Sedaka, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Mary Wilson, Melissa Manchester, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Matthew Morrison, Bill Gaither, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, and many others in appearances with his own orchestra and orchestras in Milan (Italy), St. Petersburg (Russia), and South Korea. Reed has twice appeared with the Royal Philharmonic at London’s Royal Albert Hall at the specific request of Neil Sedaka.
In the United States, Jeffrey Reed has conducted the orchestras of Alabama, Augusta, Charleston, Detroit, Greensboro (NC), Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland (ME), Quad Cities (IA), Sacramento, South Bend and Winston-Salem.
Reed has been involved in commissioning world premieres of classical works by legendary pop artists Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Peter Tork, Jimmy Webb, and Italian pops sensation, Giovanni Allevi.
His 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 2015, the University of Louisville named Reed its Alumni Fellow for the School of Music in recognition of his distinguished work in his chosen field. In 2008, he received the Jefferson Award for public service in South Central Kentucky.
In addition to his work with Orchestra Kentucky, Reed served as principal guest conductor of Symphony Orchestra Augusta and has also served as music director of the North Charleston Pops and the Murfreesboro Symphony.
He is represented by agent Rachel Bowron.
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DENISE LUBEY | DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
With a career spanning more than two decades with orchestras throughout the United States, Denise Lubey is known throughout the American symphony community as a proven leader in audience development and revenue growth and as an imaginative innovator prepared to lead today’s performing arts organizations into tomorrow.
Newly named Director of Development with Orchestra Kentucky, Lubey most recently served as Vice President for Marketing and Communications at the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an orchestra with a $10 million operating budget, designated a Group 2 orchestra by the League of American Orchestras. While overseeing a five-person marketing team and a four-person patron services staff, Lubey launched the appointment in 2016 of the orchestra’s current Music Director, marketed and promoted its 2018 appearance in Carnegie Hall, and oversaw publicity for LiveArts, a large-scale, multi-genre performance involving more than 400 performers and four separate arts organizations in a one-night only event for an arena-sized audience of 7,000. Her innovations include creating Symphony Scorecard to provide free tickets for concert goers receiving financial assistance from the state, and broadening diversity and equity in attendance and participation in GRS programs, notably among West Michigan’s Hispanic community.
Lubey’s track record of rising season subscriptions and single-ticket sales, increased advertising revenue, and growing concert attendance, while simultaneously cutting costs, streamlining customer service, and capitalizing on new developments in social media is unmatched. Along with her previous appointments with the Memphis Symphony in Tennessee, the South Bend Symphony in Indiana, and the Baton Rough Symphony in Louisiana, Lubey is highly sought as a consultant by orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony in Texas, the Oakland Symphony and Pacific Symphony in California.
A graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lubey has lived, as well as traveled, over the United States. She enjoys hiking and kayaking, visiting national parks and art museums, and attending concerts and theatrical shows with her sons, Jack and Mikey.
DR. 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.
NANCY CRON | ORCHESTRA KENTUCKY CHORALE CHORUS MASTER
Nancy Hill Cron, chorus master of the Orchestra Kentucky Chorale, is retired from the music department at Western Kentucky University where she taught courses in voice, aural skills, group piano and music education.
She taught public school music (K-12) in Russellville, Hardin County and Bowling Green. Ms. Cron has over 35 years of experience as a church choir director. She now teaches private voice. Ms. Cron has appeared as soprano soloist for many performances with the Western Choral Society and for numerous community and state events. She continues to perform as an oratorio soloist and church choir soloist.