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
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.