BILL REED has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Born into a show business family, Bill began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.) He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world. whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Emmy and Tony awards. Bill has also taught singing at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC for many years, and is a founder of the acclaimed musical theater program there.
In Vermont, Bill’s adult students have had leading roles in numerous local community and professional musical theater productions. His college and school-aged students have performed extensively in school productions and have gone on to study singing and musical theater at many of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and conservatories in the country. A number of Bill’s Vermont students are working professionals and have recently performed in leading roles at the New York City Opera and on Broadway. Bill is in demand nationally as a clinician and has been invited to give workshops at many colleges, universities, and meetings of professional organizations. Bill’s website can be found here.
“Working with Bill I gained the endurance to do eight shows a week on Broadway. This man is magic!” ~ Gary Lynch, “Javert” in Les Misérables
Click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpOHyX1XZgA) to see a feature on master voice teacher, Bill Reed.
Jen Barden has been Spotlight Vermont's Director for close to 20 years. She started dance at the age of 5 at the prestigious "June Claire School of Dance" on Long Island and later went on to be one of their youngest teachers at age 16. Jen went on to study Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater dance with top New York teachers & choreographers like Phil Black, Brenda Bufalino, Frank Hatchet and Jerry Ames. She taught in New York City before moving to Vermont in 1987.
"Jen Barden was one of the very first people I contacted when I got my first Broadway show because the experience and training I received at Spotlight played such a meaningful role in my journey through the musical theater business. Jen Barden. is one of the most giving, caring and wise teachers I have ever had. " ~ Paul HeeSang Miller, "Eddie" in Mama Mia
also Tim Barden has worked in virtually every possible area of musical theater development and performance. His love for musical theater began when he met the Oscar winning lyricist E.Y."Yip" Harburg (Finian's Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz) while Harburg was workshoping a new musical in 1971 at the University of Vermont. A singer, actor, director (who also tap dances), he has appeared in or directed dozens of regional professional and community theater shows including, Brigadoon, The Rainmaker, The Gondoliers, The Mikado, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantasticks (three times), Closer Than Ever, Baby!, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver and many more. He most recently appeared onstage in the role of Max Bialystock in The Lyric Theatre production of "The Producers". As a cabaret artist, he was a member of the popular cabaret quintet "Encore!" for over 20 years and performed at Birdland and Danny's Skylight Room in Manhattan. He studied with Theatre Royal Windsor Director Anthony Wiles. Other teachers who have influenced Tim include Alan Langdon, Scott Zigler, Roger Hornsby, and Harold Guskin. His experience extends way beyond the stage to include technical theater, sound and lighting design, marketing, theater management and producing. He is a former board member and past president of one of the largest community musical theater organizations in the United States (Lyric Theatre).
He is also Executive Director of South Burlington City Center for the Arts. SBCCArts is a new nonprofit working in collaboration with the City of South Burlington to develop a new Creative Arts facility in South Burlington's new City Center district.
An accomplished performing arts photographer, Tim has worked with companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion, Bill Evans Dance, August Wilson Ensemble, New York Stage Originals (Tap Kids), Broadway Direct and many more. He has conducted workshops on performing arts photography for New England Professional Photographers Association. His photography can be seen at Tim Barden Images.
Adjunct and Workshop Faculty
Philip David Stern
Jeremy (Jae) Neal