Mark Reid (BMus ’03)

During his studies at the University of Victoria’s School of Music, Mark Reid was admitted to the University’s Blue and Gold Circle and received the Horning Prize as most promising music educator. He went on to complete the Master of Music Education degree program at VanderCook College of Music and is currently Director of Bands & Choirs at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. 

Highly praised for his work as an educator, Mark received the award for the 2013 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year — presented to him by Shania Twain — and was named to the 2014 Varkey GEMS Global Teacher Prize Top 50.

Mark serves as President of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association, and is the Inaugural Chapter President of Phi Beta Mu - An International Bandmasters’ Fraternity (Beta Gamma Chapter). In September 2014, Mark joined the conducting faculty at Saint James Music Academy. Mark has been on faculty for the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival and, in 2011, received a commission from the Festival to arrange Bruckner’s Ave Maria. Published by Grand Mesa Music, it was premiered in April 2012.

Performance experience includes the world premiere performance of Steven Bryant’s Rise for string orchestra and British Columbia premieres of Reflections in a Tidal Pool by James Bonney and Jule Styne’s Do Re Mi (APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert). Selected theatre credits include Musical Direction of The Pirates of Penzance (GSUBC), Gigi (APPLAUSE!), the Canadian premiere productions of Irene and Jerome Kern’s Very Good Eddie (APPLAUSE!, Van Tech Musicals in Concert). In addition, Mark has received Community Theatre Coalition nominations for musical direction and sound design for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Pickled Productions), The Mikado (FVGSS), Anything Goes (Metro Theatre) and others. Mr. Reid has also performed with Foster the People, 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, Opera Appassionata, the Sarteano Conductors Workshop, Capilano University Wind Ensemble, for His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex and for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra educational concerts.

Mark’s mentors include John Trepp, Dr. Gerald King, Richard Nace, Simon Carrington, and Maestro Kirk Trevor. Mark has been the recipient of the BC Choral Federation Conducting Internship and has studied advanced choral and orchestral conducting in Italy and the Czech Republic through grant support from the British Columbia Arts Council.