Dr. Edward Reardon
Presented June 1997

Dr. Edward Reardon (Chip as he is known by all his friends) graduated from the Overbrook School for the Blind in 1965. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in New York.

In 1969 he earned a Fulbright Scholarship to Frankfurt, Germany where he studied organ with Professor Helmut Walcha, who himself is blind, and one of the foremost authorities on North European baroque keyboard music in the world.

To supplement his talent as a fine pianist and organist, Chip demonstrated a keen interest in the bagpipes from early childhood. Consequently, for over twenty-five years he competed both as an amateur and as a professional in all categories of Highland bagpipe literature, achieving success in international competition. Though he has never traveled to Scotland, Chip has gained recognition by winning prestigious North American titles, including the Clan Davis Cup and the Northeast Regional Championships held annually at Schenectady, NY. He also has to his credit the Kisimul Castle Trophy, (pronounced Kishmul), which he won twice. This trophy in piping is often equated to the Tchaikowsky competition first prize for other instrumentalists in classical music.

In May of 1988, Chip was officially accepted to serve on the panel of competition judges for the Eastern United States Piping Association as one of the first of a breed of home-grown American judges. Most competition judges have heretofore been imported from Scotland or Canada.

To date, in bag pipe competition, Chip is the only judge who is blind. He is currently working with two bagpipe organizations: the Washington Memorial Pipe Band of Wayne Pa, and the other is comprised of members of the police and fire departments of Philadelphia.

His performances and his knowledge of the bagpipes, have stimulated interest in many people. As a result, he is teaching students from all over the United States.