Cornelius L. Reid began his studies in music at Trinity Church Choir School in New York City as a boy soprano in 1920. His teaching career began as assistant to Dr. Douglas Stanley from 1934 to 1937. From that point on he developed his own school of functional vocal training based on Italian methods of the pre-scientific era, combined with insights afforded by modern concepts of physiology, acoustics, and psychology.
Mr. Reid taught in his New York studio up until eleven days before his death. He gave numerous master classes in the United States, Canada and Europe, including seminars in Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as the Guildhall School of Music in London. Mr. Reid lectured and gave demonstration lessons for many teaching organizations such as the German Singing Teacher’s Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing of the United States and the New York Singing Teachers Association. Some of his final master classes were sponsored by the American Center for the Alexander Technique and compared his ideas and theories with those of F. M. Alexander.
Cornelius Reid is survived by his widow, Donna S. Reid, a singing teacher and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.