A B O U T
Evan Rees combines his years of both classical training and musical theater experience to provide his clients with a well-rounded, technically sound, musically sensitive, and dramatically intuitive way in which to work.
Evan received his Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013. Shortly thereafter he moved to New York City, where he 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.
Evan joined the national tour of Pasek & Paul’s A Christmas Story in 2014 as the associate music director, which he did for two consecutive holiday seasons.
The following year, Evan worked as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach for the original Broadway production of Kander & Ebb’s The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and the late, profoundly missed 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 and learning multiple times over the last several 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 their run at the John F. Kennedy Center, and two L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, for Best Direction and Best Ensemble.
Evan continues to be in demand as a music director, vocal coach, and pianist in NYC and regionally. Since Into the Woods, he 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. He has also become more fervently involved in education. He served as a staff vocal coach at the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, a musical theater faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, and a vocal coach/singing teacher at Columbia University.
He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in musical theater vocal pedagogy at The Boston Conservatory, under Kevin Wilson.