Dr. Russell Reed received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Baylor University where he studied with artist-in-residence Krassimira Jordan. He also studied composition with Richard Willis and Daron Hagen and drawing and painting with Karl Umlauf. Dr. Russell Reed received his D.M.A in music composition in 2005 from The University of Texas at Austin. While attending The University of Texas, he studied composition with Dan Welcher and Donald Grantham and served as the assistant director of The New Music Ensemble. Since receiving his D.M.A, Dr. Reed has received many notable honors and performances including a state sponsored performance and exhibition at the historic home of Alexander Scriabin in Moscow. In October of 2007 he premiered several new works for piano in recital in Monterrey, Mexico. In February 2009 his piece Princess Songs was premiered in New York City at the Poetry Project reading series, one of the oldest and most prestigious poetry venues in the United States. Recently, light the lovely candles, a song cycle for Soprano, Viola and Piano was nominated for a Austin Critics Table award for best original composition/score of the 2008-2009 concert season.