UWL gala honors alumnus David Reedy

Performance proceeds fund scholarship

David Reedy, ’86, was honored at the 2017 Music Department Scholarship Gala Sept. 23.

A special performance at UW-La Crosse recognized one of the university’s distinguished and accomplished musicians and teachers. The 2017 UWL Music Department Scholarship Gala honored David Reedy Saturday, Sept. 23, in Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts.

Reedy, ’86, opened Reed Music Studios in Onalaska in 1987. He has been a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association and the Wisconsin Music Teacher’s Association since 1988, and obtained national certification in 1999. Reedy has been awarded the WMTA’s “Award of Excellence” numerous times. His students have been consistent first place winners in state piano auditions.

Reed Music Studio has grown into a national model and currently serves more than 400 students. Reedy, past President of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, was also awarded “Board Emeritus” by the LSO for leading an endowment campaign that raised almost $1.5 million, as well as starting the LSO’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition.

The gala highlighted performances from his current and past students. Among them: Karen  Kim, La Crosse native  and Grammy-winning violinist with the New York Philharmonic; Chrissy Kim, La Crosse native and faculty cellist at Middle Tennessee State University; and Nicki Denner, West Salem native and recording-touring jazz pianist in New York City.

Proceeds benefit the newly created David Reedy Music Scholarship.