A B O U T
Evan Rees is a voice teacher, music director, and pianist based in New York City.
Shortly after moving to New York City in 2013, Evan was a rehearsal pianist for a reading of Kander & Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman starring Audra McDonald. A few months later, he was a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for A Bed And A Chair at New York City Center Encores!—a concert of music by Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Wynton Marsalis, directed by Tony Award–winner John Doyle, and starring Bernadette Peters, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, and Cyrille Aimée.
In 2015, Evan worked as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for the original Broadway production of Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. The show was directed by John Doyle and music directed by Broadway veteran David Loud, under whom Evan has had the privilege of working multiple times over the years.
Evan then took over, in 2016, as music director for the acclaimed, Lucille Lortel Award–winning Fiasco Theater revival of Into the Woods—for its fourth and fifth incarnations: at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, and on tour across the U.S. During the very successful London run, the London Independent wrote that Evan “conjur[ed] wonderful sounds” from the piano, and the Financial Times commented that he “[kept] Sondheim’s rippling score bubbling through the show.” The U.S. national tour that followed would go on to win the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Visiting Production for its run at the John F. Kennedy Center, and two L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, for Best Direction and Best Ensemble.
Since Into the Woods, Evan has had the pleasure of working on concerts and productions with, among others, Barbara Walsh, Jason Gotay, Emily Koch, Kate Baldwin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Victoria Clark. Currently, he is a rehearsal pianist for, as well as keyboard and piano sub in, the much-lauded 2022 Broadway revival of Into the Woods starring Sara Bareilles.
As an educator, Evan has served on the musical theater faculty at the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, the Manhattan School of Music, and has taught at Columbia University. In addition to continuing to maintain his private voice studio, Evan is currently Music Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, where he coaches, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate Musical Theater Song Analysis.
MFA, musical theater vocal pedagogy: The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
BMus, composition and voice: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music