A native of Hillsville, Virginia, Amy Reid is the Director of Educational Outreach for the College of the Arts at Georgia State University. As the Director, she produces annual workshops and institutes for the College of the Arts, such as the Actors Refresh, SingFest!, the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Southeastern Regional Concert Festival. During the summer, she produces the Summer Leadership Institute, Summer Music Institute, and the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute and is the Executive Director of the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. With 12 annual workshops and institutes, these events engage nearly 3,000 public school students, teachers, and professional musicians and artists each year. For each individual event, she creates and executes the event logistics, operates as the business manager, as well as develops the marketing plan, including graphic design, website design, and publicity.
Amy also plans special events and artist residencies each year for the college. Some of her most memorable residencies include the Motion Capture Performance Workshop in 2018, the Eric Whitacre Residency & Choral Festival in 2019, and the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast Conference in 2022 and the Moira Smiley Residency in 2023. For music educators, she partners with the Georgia Music Educators Association to offer Professional Development Certification and Teacher Licensure Renewal Credits for teachers in attendance at the annual In-Service Conference.
Prior to her time at Georgia State University, Amy obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and upon graduation taught band and chorus in North Carolina public schools before moving to Atlanta.
Amy lives in Powder Springs, GA with her husband Devin and their two children Katelynn and Ethan.
Tavish comes to Atlanta from his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he majored in trombone performance and received the James H. Hall Prize in Musicology. Since his move south, Tavish has worked as a trombonist, musicologist, and chorister. Tavish works as the Manager of Operations and Social Media for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra alongside his time at Georgia State. Outside of the ABO, his talents may be seen from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, where he is principal trombonist, to the liner notes of Gothic Records’ upcoming release featuring Deanna Joseph. Tavish lives in Decatur with his wife, Elizabeth.
Carrollton, Georgia native Blair Lipham has been seen on stages throughout the United States and Europe. Her most recent roles include Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Festival of International Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Vanderbit Opera Theatre, and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Prague Summer Night Young Artists Festival. She has been a featured soloist with the Vanderbilt Chorale conducted by Tucker Biddlecombe and currently studies voice with Kathryn Hartgrove. Ms. Lipham was recognized as a finalist in the Schmidt competition and has been a prize winner at Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky NATS competitions. She has been a participant in additional festivals and young artist residencies including Interharmony International Music Festival and The Druid City Opera Workshop. Ms. Lipham holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University and is working towards a Master of Music degree at Georgia State University.