Jay Reeve Viola Instructor


M.A., University of Wyoming
B.A., Knox College


Jay Reeve has dedicated his career to playing and teaching orchestral string instruments. He employs the Suzuki method, modeled on the way students learn to speak their native language. He lives and teaches in Sioux Falls, but also maintains studios in Mitchell SD, and Luverne MN.

Reeve played violin for many years in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony, and freelanced with many other area ensembles, including the Black Hills Symphony. He has conducted the Huron Symphony and the Aberdeen Civic Symphony, and has taught at Huron College and Northern State University.

Reeve is currently involved in an Avera research project exploring the effects of violin training on at-risk preschoolers.

Treasurer, South Dakota String Teachers Association

Member, Suzuki Association of the Americas

Served 16 years on Board of Directors of SD Symphony Orchestra