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Music Educator, Band & Choir Director

Huntington Beach City School District

Mr. Reyes moved to Southern California from New York. He has always dreamed of becoming a music teacher ever since he was 12 years old so he studied Music Education at one of America's finest music conservatories, the Eastman School of Music. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees there. While at Eastman, he was involved in various research projects, with a focus on developing a data-driven music program under the advisement of Dr. Richard Grunow, Dr. Christopher Azzara, and Dr. Ann Marie Stanley. Mr. Reyes is also an avid pianist and conductor. He studied with piano pedagogues such as Toti Alvarez, Rebecca Penneys, and Tony Caramia. He has played in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall twice, being featured as a junior AMTL (NYC) performing artist. He directed vocal & wind ensembles, chamber groups, and the Eastman Graduate Conducting Orchestra under the tutelage of Dr. William Weinert, Dr. Mark Scatterday, and Brad Lubman.

Mr. Reyes worked in an inner-city school district in Rochester, NY, after graduating from Eastman. While there, he founded the Rochester Prep Chorus. His elementary choir became locally well-known for his scholars were featured in a TEDx event, and also became a mini-YouTube sensation having worked with the University of Rochester’s premier A Capella group - the Yellow Jackets!

Mr. Reyes has shared his passion for music with students of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. He aims to empower his students through music-making. He found himself a great match with Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) because of their commitment to the Performing Arts.

In his first year as a certificated music teacher at HBCSD, he founded the Singing Surfers (Agnes L. Smith’s elementary choir), and received the PTA’s Outstanding Supportive Teacher award in 2016. In his first full year with Ethel Dwyer Middle School’s Concert Choir, his scholars achieved unanimous superior ratings in both vocal performance and sight-singing after participating in their first Southern California Vocal Association festival in 2017. Dwyer's Concert Choir maintained their all-superior ratings for their 2018 SCVA festival. Mr. Reyes is a recent recipient of the CA State Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the PTA in 2018.

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