Vance Reese

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Vance Reese has been serving as an organist, accompanist, singer, conductor and teacher in the greater Asheville area since 1996.  Currently he works with the Asheville Choral Society (accompanist), the Asheville Symphony Chorus (pianist and assistant director), the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (co-principal double bassist) and Asheville Lyric Opera (coach/accompanist/occasional music director).  He is the organist for Christ School in Arden, and for Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, and has served in several area churches.

Dr. Reese has worked in area universities and colleges as a teacher and accompanist.  He is also a co-founder of Opera Creations, known among other things for comedic musical events, and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.  This year marks the eighth year of his accompanying flute recitals at Wildacres Flute Retreat (near Little Switzerland). Last fall, he played organ for the silent movie, Phantom of the Opera, in the Riverside Fine Arts Series in Jacksonville, Florida.

He has degrees in the areas of organ, sacred music, and music history from Southern Methodist University, Scarritt College (Nashville), and Indiana University (DM in ’97).  He has worked with organ teachers Robert Anderson, Wilma Jensen, Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser.  He lives in Westwood Cohousing Community with his wife, Jean, and son, Jonathan.