Reed Spencer is a candidate for a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. He is currently entering into his second year of the program, in which he co-conducts the Symphonic Choir, alongside his fellow Masters candidates. Reed has studied conducting and rehearsal technique with Dr. William J. Gray, Dr. Richard Tang Yuk, and Dr. Carmen Helena Tellez. He also studies voice, as a lyric baritone, with Professor Wolfgang Brendel.
Reed received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he studied with Dr. Patricia Robertson. He performed several opera roles, including Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Kecal in Smetena’s The Bartered Bride, Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and The Major General Stanley in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Reed also gained extensive conducting experience as the assistant conductor of the Taylor University Chorale, where he was mentored by Dr. Joann Rediger.
Reed plans to pursue a DM in Choral Conducting and hopes to teach conducting and direct choral music at the collegiate level, particularly at a liberal arts institution. His goal is to cultivate very high level music among an interdisciplinary group of students, engaging all areas of the mind in the pursuit of excellence.