Donna S. Reid’s pedagogic approach is based on the work of Cornelius L. Reid (1911- 2008). She began her study with Mr. Reid in 1993, became his assistant in 1994 and his wife in 1996. Cornelius L. Reid was a noted vocal pedagogue and author of six books on singing, one translated into German, two into Japanese and one into Korean. Donna assisted Mr. Reid in the numerous master classes he presented in the United States, Canada and Europe and acted as translator during those classes given in various cities in Germany and Austria.
Donna Reid is co-author with Cornelius L. Reid of an article entitled, Eighteenth Century Registrational Concepts published in the March/April 2000 issue of the Journal of Singing. She also worked very closely with Mr. Reid on several other of his writings.
Although Cornelius Reid’s pedagogic principals were formulated with the classical singer in mind, Donna has been able to use those principles in teaching the “belt” singer. Her many years of working with musical theater performers has enabled her to grasp an understanding of a healthy, holistic, non manipulative “belt” that enables her pupils to use that sound in a way that is neither damaging nor fatiguing.
Donna also works with classical singers, her belief being that a free voice allows one to sing whatever they wish. The difference in styles is simply one of register balance and coloration of sound. That being said, the mechanism must be free enough, with an efficient muscular coordination, to permit the singer to make the sounds they feel are artistically suited to the piece they are performing.
This freedom can best be obtained through a holistic, non-manipulative pedagogic approach.
Donna taught singing at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City from 1995 to 2014. She currently maintains a private studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.