"...the composer couldn't have asked for more than Reid's intimate and beautifully expressive performance"
- James Lowe, Times Argus review, June 22, 2015

Canadian-American violist, arranger, and composer, Elizabeth Reid is an active performer in the Vermont classical scene, performing with many orchestral and chamber groups, as well as performing solo viola concerts in Canada and in the United States. 

Elizabeth has a strong interest in contemporary music and is always looking to play new works for viola. She welcomes composers to contact her with project ideas. 



Acoustic and Electronic Music of Mozetich, Blair, O’Hallisey, Sherlock, Doolittle, Beecroft, Jaeger, Barone, and Banks 

Elizabeth Reid, viola 

With Stephanie Chua, harmonium 

Violist Elizabeth Reid is receiving increasing acclaim as a strong and exciting performer of contemporary music, both in Canada and the United States. She has always been passionately interested in exploring and performing the multi-faceted viola repertoire, seamlessly blending between acoustic and electronics genres. Reid brings stylistic open-mindedness to a reimagined and modern viola recital at 918 Bathurst. 

This recital will showcase three different experiences, highlighting Canadian and American viola repertoire beginning with unaccompanied acoustic viola music, including  Marjan Mozetich’s Survival, Elisabeth Blair’s “Curfew”, and Danielle O’Hallisey’s “Study for Solo Viola (with Innocence).” 

In the second half of the recital, there will be an eclectic set of viola and electronics repertoire: Emily Doolittle’s “Social Sounds from Whales at Night”, Norma Beecroft’s “Jeu III”, David Jaeger’s “Sarabande”, Chedo Barone’s “Prosthetic”, and Rusty Banks’ “Liquid Fire.” 

In between these two sets, Stephanie Chua will join Reid to perform Ontario composer John Mark Sherlock’s three-movement work for viola and harmonium, “Horses.” Chua is one of Canada’s leading pianists specializing in contemporary music 

Every piece on this program has been selected due to personal significance for Reid. They signify a start to a new musical and career direction for her, a reinvention.


Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 7:30 P.M.  

918 Bathurst  

Toronto, ON  

Tickets at Door: $25 General, $15 Students  

To buy admission tickets in advance, please visit http://www.elizabethreidviolist.com  

(Students, please use discount code STUDENTREINVENTIONS.) 


Readings of the poetry of the late Lars Nielsen and three performances: his short play, "The Aspirants," performed by The Valley Players; and two works on which he and his brother, composer Erik Nielsen, collaborated. Donations will go to the Lars Nielsen Scholarship Fund at Norwich University.  

On Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vermont, there will be a celebration of the late Lars Nielsen’s writings. There will be readings of his poetry and three performances: one of his short plays, The Aspirants, performed by The Valley Players; and two works on which he and his brother, composer Erik Nielsen, collaborated. The first is The Falling of Trees for baritone and piano quartet and features baritone Thomas Beard (seen in central Vermont in A Fleeting Animal in 2015) and the Northern Third Quartet. The second is the premiere of A Psalm for a New Year for chorus and solo viola, with a hand-picked chamber chorus led by Jessica Pierpont with Elizabeth Reid, viola. In both works, Lars wrote the text and Erik wrote the music.  

The event is open to the public and admission is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to the Lars Nielsen Scholarship Fund at Norwich University.


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