Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music

Dr. Tom Reed

Chair, Music and Theatre
Professor of Music
Center for the Arts
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Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Ashland University He joined the faculty in 1986, and teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet) and Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit. He has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield, Clarence and Ashland Symphonies and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Unit and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. His clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records. He is also a founding member of Iron Toys, a woodwind quartet that performs original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes.  Iron Toys released their CD in 2015.  He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Akron.


B.M. in Music Education, The University of Michigan
M.M. in Saxophone Performance, The University of Akron
DMA in Clarinet Performance, The Ohio State University

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