Cornelius L. Reid (1911-2008) 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.
Cornelius Reid's advocacy of vocal health is based on a simple but solid foundation: the play of opposing forces within the vocal mechanism. The Free Voice abounds in probing insights and constructive advice of use to all enterprising singers. A joy to read and re-read! * Pedro de Alcantara, musician and author, Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow * Mr. Reid's technical concepts and methods of bel canto singing and healthy vocal production have been the foundation of my own work as a performer. His technique has sustained my vocal health over the thirty-plus years of my career, and it continues to inform the way I teach my students today. * Grant Youngblood, Baritone *