Jeffrey Reed, founder, music director and conductor of Orchestra Kentucky, also served as music director of the Murfreesboro (TN) Symphony from 2007-2010. He made his European conducting debut in 2003 with the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony and the St. Petersburg Orchestra of Popular Classical Music. In 2006 and 2010, he guest conducted the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the grand finales of the City of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In 2007, Reed had the honor of being the first American to conduct the Busan Sinfonietta of Busan, South Korea. He is a 2008 recipient of the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service.
Born in Goshen, Indiana, Reed holds a Masters degree in conducting from the University of Iowa and a Bachelors degree in music education from the University of Louisville. He has also completed graduate work in philosophy and religion and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. He practiced law for nearly ten years before becoming a full-time orchestra conductor. He also served as an instructor at Western Kentucky University, where he taught Criminal Constitutional Law.