Eric D. Reyes

Conducting Fellow

Born and raised in Southern California, Mexican-American conductor, pianist and vocalist Eric D. Reyes seeks to make music that communicates beauty, inspires hope, and brings about unity amongst people. Eric  serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Instruction and Director of Choral Activities at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Most recently, Reyes served as the director of ¡Canto! A Latinx Vocal Intensive, a program that seeks to equip High School Latinx vocalists with resources to study and perform Latinx Vocal Music. This project was funded through the Mellon-Foundation, and was done in collaboration Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP), Dr. Sarah VandenBrink and Christina Krause. He has served a variety of ensembles including the Southern California Children's Chorus, Moody Chorale, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan Arts Chorale, and the Community Chorus of Detroit. Eric was one of eight rising conductors selected throughout the country to participate in a conducting masterclass led by Ann Howard Jones and Jerry McCoy at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. At the University of Michigan, Eric was a recipient of the Brehm Endowed Fellowship in Choral Conducting. This Fall, Reyes will begin the DMA program in Conducting at the University of Michigan. Eric is most grateful for teachers and mentors who ceaselessly inspire and encourage him, namely Dr. Eugene Rogers, Dr. Xiangtang Hong, and Dr. Jerry Blackstone.