Irma Reeder (Albuquerque, NM)
Irma Reeder(Mountain Dulcimer workshops) Irma was born in Texas, but grew up in Germany.
family provided a strong early music influence, coming from generations of Ozark mountain musicians, including several fiddle makers.
Singing melody and harmony with her
family long before grade school, her
mother taught her
to play an open-G guitar using a pencil as a noter before her
hand was big enough to reach around a guitar neck.
first guitar student when she
was 10, and has been teaching steadily since age 15.
started directing vocal and instrumental ensembles as a teen.
studied vocal performance for over 3 decades, and also studied conducting.
has been soprano soloist with symphony and theater groups, the Michael Iatauro Jazz Quartet, and performed with chorales and light opera and opera companies.
She has been a church music administrator/choir director since 1982.
started playing mountain dulcimer in 2005.
is the 2009 Colorado State Mountain Dulcimer Champion, the 2011 Texas State Champion, and was a finalist at the 2010 Southern Regional championships in Arkansas.
Irma is a board member and regular workshop leader of the Albuquerque Folk Festival, and co-founded the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival where she is Association President, Festival Director, and an instructor.
is music administrator and choir director at Faith Bible Church
in Albuquerque, leads the Wing & a Prayer old-time/cowboy/country Gospel band, and performs with her husband, Scott, DBA Music for All Seasons.
teaches voice, guitar, Celtic harp and mountain dulcimer.
also plays piano, keyboard, banjo, mandolin, bowed psaltery, bodhran (Irish frame drum), tongue drum, marimbula (a giant thumb piano bass), fiddle, and ukulele.
Scott has led weekly church music with Irma
since the early 1980's, and performs with her under the Music for All Seasons name and in the Wing & a Prayer band.