An SMTD Scholarship Story: Eric D. Reyes, MM in Choral Conducting

An SMTD Scholarship Story: Eric D. Reyes, MM in Choral Conducting

September 28, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[Music] Studying choral conducting at the School of
Music, Theatre & Dance at the Master’s level has been one of the
most humbling and yet validating experiences of my life. I came to the University of Michigan from
California to work with SMTD’s Director of Choral Activities,
Dr. Eugene Rogers. I love that Dr. Rogers expects me to bring
all of who I am as a person to my music — including my background as a first generation
Mexican-American — while maintaining the highest standards of
musical excellence. At SMTD I find myself learning what it looks
like to be a better person and artist, not only from my professors but also from
my cohort of exceptionally talented and dedicated fellow
graduate conductors. Whether in rehearsals, studio classes, or
lessons, I am challenged and inspired daily to improve
and make an impact. Conducting Orpheus Singers alongside my peers
continues to teach me what it means to work with a common goal in
mind, to support my co-conductors and the singers
in front of me, and to make music that is true, real, and
life-giving. Because of my superb training at Michigan,
I was selected to participate in three conducting workshops throughout the
country. I spent the summer diving into major works
like Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Durufle’s Requiem. I learned so much. I am the first person in my family to pursue
a Master’s degree. The Brehm Endowed Fellowship in Choral Conducting
made my education at the University of Michigan a reality, and, because of my scholarship, I will graduate
without any student loans or debt. I am so proud and grateful for this life-changing
opportunity. Thank you for your generous scholarship support, and Go Blue! [Music]