CARMINA with KEITH S. REAS, organ - 'Ensalada Español'
...CORDELION (Keith Reas, Director) with LA ROCINANTE (Christof Richter, director) - 'Sacred Sounds of New Spain'
...Keith S. Reas
...Keith S. ReasKeith S. Reas
enjoys an active career as organist, accompanist and conductor.The winner of the 1985 International Organ Playing Competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he
has performed solo recitals for the Phoenix Early Music Society, the Arizona Early Music Society, the South East Historical Keyboard Society and the Washington Early Music Festival
, as well as for universities, churches and chapters of the American Guild of Organists
across the United States and in England.As accompanist and continuo player, he
has appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Symphony, the Columbia Chorale, the Eastman Chamber Players, the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Washington Bach Consort, Musikanten Montana and the Alexandria Choral Society
, with whom he
performed the Vespers of Monteverdi and Cavalli in both Venice, Italy, and Washington, D.C.He is the featured organist on two CDs with the Bethesda-based Musikanten (Kerry Krebill, director).
In Dialogues, the recently released recording of twentieth-century music for flute and organ, he
and flutist Linda Marianiello "achieve flawless ensemble and perfect balance" (The American Organist).He has been Director of Music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in D.C. since 1991, leading his choir in annual concerts with orchestra and on tour in England.
Their repertoire includes the Requiems of Fauré, Mozart, Rutter and Duruflé, masses of Haydn.Mozart and Schubert, Bach and Buxtehude cantatas and many American works, including the premiere of Paul Steven Leary's St. Mark's Mass. As Interim Director and Acting Artistic Director of the Alexandria Choral Society
(VA) from 2001-04, he
led that group in critically-acclaimed performances of Purcell, Haydn (his "expert direction ... provided an excellent treatment of the music's contrasting styles" - The Washington Post), and twentieth-century American choral music, including premieres of commissioned works by Frances Thompson McKay (a "powerful and enveloping" performance - The Washington Post) and Paul Ayres.Keith Reas holds degrees in organ performance from Oberlin College, the University of Oregon and the Eastman School of Music.Formerly an adjunct professor at Shepherd College in West Virginia, he has been on the faculty for several Pipe Organ Encounters for the American Guild of Organists, and teaches privately in D.C.Mr. Reas
will perform with Carmina in an 'Ensalada Español,' an enticing musical menu of selections from Iberian composers, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
, Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, June 22, at noon. (Back to Schedule)Mr. Reas is also the director of Cordelion, which will perform 'Sacred Sounds of New Spain' with La Rocinante at 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 23, at St. Mark's. (Back to Schedule)