Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale: Home

Friday, December 8 - 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church Charlotte
501 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Saturday, December 9 - 7:30 PM

First Baptist Church of Gastonia
2650 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054


Charlotte Master Chorale
T. Oliver Reid, guest artist
Kenney Potter, conducting

Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale, Charlotte’s premier choral holiday celebration, returns with music on the themes of family, togetherness, and what it means to have a place to call home. This year's concerts feature special guest, Broadway star, and Gastonia native, T. Oliver Reid.

T. Oliver Reid

T.-Oliver-Reid-500px.jpgT. Oliver Reid has spent the past 20+ years performing on Broadway, most recently starring as Hermes in the Tony Award®-winning Hadestown. Throughout his career, T. Oliver has performed in numerous critically-acclaimed and award-winning Broadway productions, including: Once On This Island, Sunset Boulevard, After Midnight, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies, and Kiss Me, Kate.

T. Oliver is the recipient of Bistro, MAC, Julie Wilson, Alfred Drake Awards and the BAPA Arts In Action Awards from NYCGMC. He is also an accomplished cabaret artist and director/choreographer, most recently working on Universal Pictures’Bros, starring Billy Eichner. He continues to work in film and television as an actor (Inventing Anna, The Sixth Sense, Girls, Ray Donovan, The Blacklist).

A Gastonia native, T. Oliver  has been performing since he could walk and talk. The youngest of four children, he began singing in the choir of  St. Stephens AME Zion Church in Gastonia, as part of a very musical family. By the age of nine, he had terrorized his family enough by singing the entire cast recording of Annie every afternoon, and he soon found himself on the stage of the Little Theater of Gastonia in the musical, Shenandoah.Thanks to Debbie Rhyne and George Gray, T. Oliver began a loving and nurturing relationship with performing that has lasted 30 years and is still going strong.

He graduated from Ashbrook High School, where he sang in chorus under the direction of Trip McGill, and was awarded a scholarship to the  University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While studying Music with a focus on Vocal Performance, he had the privilege and great fortune to study with Frederick Moses, Phyllis Tektonidis, and Glenn Seibert. During his time at UNCSA, he was also lucky enough to study with Victoria Bussert, David Craig, Gerald Freedman, Matilda Nichol, Duncan Noble, and Melissa Hayden.

In addition to performing, T. Oliver is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Rider University, as well as adjunct professor at NYU-Tisch Grad Acting. He is Associate Choreographer of Hadestown (Broadway and Tour). He is also Co-Founder of Black Theatre Coalition, whose mission is to remove the illusion of inclusion in the American Theatre for black professionals. He also sits on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.