Reggie is an energetic and talented young musician who began his study of music playing the violin and cello at the Portland Community Music Center at the age of 5. In middle school, he transitioned to the bass viol. After playing with the orchestras up through high school, Reggie entered the professional realm receiving frequent invitations to perform with Gospel, Broadway and Jazz groups around the Portland area on both the acoustic and electric bass.
Reggie has enjoyed a successful career as an actor and a bass/baritone soloist. During his senior year at Canby High School, he was chosen to perform the lead role as Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “Oklahoma,” dazzling audiences for seven full-house performances. Reggie received awards for his outstanding performances in the choirs at Canby High School and was selected to participate in the very elite All- State choir. Reggie was also chosen to perform at Music in May.
After graduating, he auditioned for and was accepted into the prestigious Portland Symphonic Choir, occasionally performing with the Oregon Symphony. While attending Clackamas Community College, he pursued, among many other things, opera, and performed roles in scenes taken from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and “Don Giovanni.” Reggie was awarded the bass role in Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” a festival cantata, with the Portland State University Choir.
He then began studying composition and was lauded by his professors for his compositional techniques and creativity. On May 16th, 2006, he had two original compositions premiered at a noon recital concert in Lincoln Hall at Portland State University. Reggie was certified in the first level of the Kodaly Methodology in the summer of 2007. He is now an active composer of Southern Gospel music and composes, sings bass, and plays the bass for a Southern Gospel quartet at his church.
Reggie received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from PSU in the spring of 2009. In the summer of 2009, he received his teaching credentials and completed his Master’s Degree in Education. Since then, Reggie has been a substitute teacher, and is frequently asked to work with choirs, bands, and orchestras made up of children of all ages and playing abilities.
Reggie is currently in his ninth season as the artistic director and conductor of the Canby Community Orchestra. He has also been the orchestra director for five Canby Community Musicals including: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Little Mary Sunshine,” “Li’l Abner,” “Seussical the Musical,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Reggie has spent time teaching in the after school education program, Stay and P.L.A.Y., in Canby, where he started a children’s choir that performed pop and folk music at its annual concerts.
Outside of his formal teaching and conducting responsibilities, Reggie gives voice and a variety of other instrument lessons. Reggie enjoys spending his time away from work with his beautiful wife and two children, composing Southern Gospel music, writing poems, reading, landscaping, and staying active in his many church responsibilities including working with the youth people and planning weekly activities.