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Laurie Haines Reese

cello & electric cello

A classically trained musician, Laurie has free-lanced and performed on cello extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is as comfortable in the recording studio as she is on stage, having been a professional musician since she was seventeen years old. Click here to view a listing of Laurie’s instruments and equipment.

Photo of Laurie Reese with NS Design 5-string Electric Cello

She earned a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Southern California and while in Los Angeles, studied advanced classical cello repertoire with Eleanor Schoenfeld. She studied at the University of Miami, Florida earning a Bachelor in Music Performance and played both classical and jazz, regularly with Ira Sullivan and Strings Attached. She also free-lanced with various symphony orchestras, a string quartet and a flute quartet. Following her graduate work in Los Angeles, she moved to Maui, Hawaii to work full-time as a professional musician.& while there, she co-founded Chamber Jazz Maui, a trio with Jazlynn Woods and Tim O’Hara, performing a repertoire “from Bach to the Beatles.” She later spent six months in Seattle then ventured back home to Pennsylvania for what was supposed to be a short visit.

She is currently the cello instructor at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music. She formerly taught at Lebanon Valley College (Adjunct Instructor of Cello), Messiah College (Adjunct Artist, Cello), and F&M College (Adjunct Professor of Cello).

Laurie plays & teaches violin, cello & bass.

NEW RELEASE:  “Comin’ Home Baby” (2013 VectorDisc) — The Reese Project’s newest recording

Laurie has over 30 recordings to her credit, as a member of several bands as well as free-lance session playing.

She has recorded with TRP (The Reese Project), SusquehannaWyndfall, Muzette, Gypsophilia, and also with Ira Sullivan and Strings Attached.  Recording session work includes Jon Anderson (of YES)’s Christmas album, Jesse Yawn, Empty Hats, Arcona Reel Band, Harmony Hill, Bobbi Carmitchell and many others. Laurie has performed with the Lancaster and York (PA) Symphony Orchestras, the Maui Symphony, the Dela’Art Trio and others. Laurie has played concertos with symphony orchestras in Hawaii as well as in Pennsylvania.

She is happily married to flautist Tom Reese and when not playing music enjoys spending time at home with Tom and their three cats, gardening & growing herbs & pumpkins.

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Laurie Haines Reese plays the following instruments live and in the studio:

Acoustic Cello

German acosutic cello from the 1850’s

Electric Cello

NS Design 5-string electric cello with low F string


Wilhelm Shuster with an ivory frog


Shadow stereo pick-up (for the acoustic cello)


Ampeg Bass amp


DigiTech vocal effects processor (pedal system)

Boss octaver (with acoustic cello only)