Spotlight on Lydia Reed-Guertin, former NEPTA president
Lydia Reed-Guertin grew up in a musical family where playing and listening to music was a central part of her childhood. She first became acquainted with NEPTA at the age of 5, studying the piano under the loving guidance of her mother Irene Reed, herself a long time member. She then went on to study with Minuetta Kessler, a former NEPTA president and well known pianist-composer. Lydia’s intensive piano study was enriched by the opportunity to be Ms. Kessler’s assistant, meticulously transcribing her compositions through a special musical typewriter.
Lydia then earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, studying with world renowned pianist and teacher, Anthony diBonaventura. Imparted with lifelong artistic and technical direction, Lydia blended her passion for performing and teaching by serving on the faculties of Pine Manor College and the Concord Community Music School in New Hampshire and exclusively since 2001, maintaining a private studio in Lexington MA. As a performer, one of Lydia’s career highlights has been her duo piano partnership with her sister Elizabeth Reed. Together, they have performed extensively in the New England area, and recorded solo and four hand piano works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Jordan Hall for the Alfred Recording Label.
Growing up Lydia remembers “the anticipation, excitement and nervousness of preparing for the NEPTA recitals.” She eventually became “one of those teachers in the audience complimenting today’s young performers,” proudly serving in many roles within NEPTA, including Executive Secretary, Vice President and President. In addition to her active affiliation with other local and national music organizations, Lydia is a devoted wife, mother of two and an avid Red Sox fan. She firmly believes that “in our lives, musical connections within a teaching community are the key to enrichment and growth.”