About
Christine Reed
Christine grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ and went to "The City" frequently with her New York City born and bred Mom.  Her mother took her to museums, exhibits, plays, and Broadway shows.  All this exposure at a young age had a definite impact on the rest of Christine's life and career.  Another great influence on Christine's young musical life was Roberta Keller, the choir master and organist at her church.  Miss Keller had exquisite musical taste, always classical, and was known for getting beautiful sounds and results from ordinary singers.  The whole experience was so exhilerating and nothing quite compared after that, until Christine created her own choirs, trying to replicate that sound, lighting that fire.​

Christine Reed went on to earn a BA in Elementary Music Education-Specialist from CSU-P, an MA in Creative Arts in Educationfrom Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and over 100 graduate hours post-MA in music, art, and choral-related classes and workshops.  She most covets her Level II certificate in Creating Artistry earned with Henry Leck and the world renowned Indianapolis Children's Choir at Butler University.

She is a co - founder of the Pueblo Children's Chorale, alongside Barbara Beck, which began in 1995. Christine retired from teaching elementary music in District 70 in 2003, having co - written the original elementary music curriculum, as well as the Gifted and Talented curriculum for music.

Christine has sought out and been under the tutelage of master conductors: Drs. Henry Leck, Eric Stark, Tim Seelig, and attended classes with Rene Claussen, Randall Stroope, Karen Kennedy, Lynn Gackle, Joshua Haberman, and Anton Armstrong. She is also a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association.

While teaching, Christine came from a strong Orff philosophy and used this mode of thinking extensively, and was delighted to be introduced to the Dalcroze philosophy with Dr Leck. She incorporates Dalcroze Eurhythmics in rehearsals with Lyrica.

Christine Reed Bella Prima Musica

Kathy Ward

Kathy Ward Bella Prima Musica
Kathryn C. Ward is the weekly accompanist for both Bel Canto and Lyrica choirs. She has been involved since day one, and remains  supportive and works tirelessly to see that the concerts are successful.  Kathy grew up in a musical family, and gained experience in both her church and school system as a young musician.  She earned a BA in Sacred Music from Central Bible College, Springfield Missouri, and another BA in Music Education from the University of Maine.  She has taught K - 12 general and vocal music in public schools for 20 years, as well as private and group piano and voice lessons, and has taught Kindermusik as well.  Currently at Prairie Winds Elementary school, she is in the 14th year with D - 70.  She accompanies for her church, as well as conduct a seasonal adult choir.

Kathy is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), CMEA (Colorado Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) and NEA (National Education Association).  She is the past president of the Maine American Choral Directors' Association chapter.

Currently Kathy is working on a Masters of Music Education degree at CSU in Fort Collins.  During this process she has earned her Kodály level II credentials and recently took a class in Dalcroze (music and movement).  She lives in Pueblo West with her husband, Allyn.  Her daughter, Sarah, is a Music Educator in Missouri.  Her son, Ethan, is completing his student teaching as a PE teacher while studying at CSU - Pueblo.  Her youngest son, Peter, attends Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO.