Anne Cushing-Reid

Anne Cushing-Reid

Interim Director Preparatory and Community Engagement Division; Director of Engagement, Special Programs and Partnerships; Adjunct Instructor of Arts Administration

Emery Hall


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Professional Summary

Anne Cushing-Reid is currently the Interim Director of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) Preparatory and Community Engagement Division. She became the first Director of Engagement, Special Programs and Partnerships for CCM in September 2014. In this role, she brings together the artistic excellence of CCM students, faculty and staff with a variety of  partners in schools, neighborhoods, and beyond. A passionate advocate for access to arts experiences for all people, she leads CCM’s partnership with Lives United: Music, Arts & Community (Lives United/Vidas Unidas) an initiative located in the Mt. Auburn neighborhood. She also represents CCM on the university-wide college access initiative, UC Scholars Academy. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching arts education and community engagement for the Arts Administration graduate program.

For more than 25 years, Ms. Cushing-Reid worked for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra in a series of positions leading to her 2009 appointment as Senior Director of Community Engagement and Learning. In that capacity, she led the Orchestra’s community engagement, educational and regionalization initiatives and developed strategies that increased the reach of the orchestra’s programs by more than 80%. Ms. Cushing-Reid was a key participant in the development of the CSO’s broad-based education and community engagement initiative, Sound Discoveries: Music for Life, Music for the Community, Music for a Career. Under her leadership the CSO formed its Advisory Committee for Education, a volunteer group of area teachers who participated in the planning of Sound Discoveries: Workshops for Educators and production of preparation materials for Young People’s Concerts.
An advocate for arts in education, Ms. Cushing-Reid is a member and Treasurer of the board of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Ms. Cushing-Reid is a founding member and past co-chair of the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education (GCAAE), served on the ArtsWave Community Audit for Arts Education advisory committee, served on the Family and Civic Engagement Team (FACET) at Cincinnati Public Schools, and is a member and immediate past-chair of the Price Hill Arts Connection. She is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Class 7. She is a proud recipient of the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association District 6 “Friend of Music” award and is a 2020 Dada Rafiki honoree.
Additionally, Ms. Cushing-Reid serves as an arts and education consultant. She is a trained facilitator for the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, providing a variety of workshops and training seminars for arts educators. She is an experienced conductor of community audits for arts education and providing reports and recommendations for schools and school districts.
Ms. Cushing-Reid has been a co-presenter and moderator for sessions at the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, the University of Cincinnati Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky STEM Conference. She has also served as a guest blogger for Americans for the Arts.
A clarinetist, Ms. Cushing-Reid played in and served on the board of the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, a community chamber orchestra in Cincinnati. Currently, she is learning to play the viola, a long-time aspiration, and has played with CCM's New Horizons Orchestra and participates in the Price Hillharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Cushing-Reid is a graduate of Mount St. Joseph University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Education.


BA, Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH, (Music (clarinet) and Business Administration)

MA, Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH , (Education)