Reaching Out: Exploring Interdisciplinary Collaborations


Presenter:Timothy Reno

As conductors we often explore the diversity of concert repertoire. But when is the last time we stepped back and thought about building a palette of rich and varied performance experiences and collaborations? What makes a concert a work of art? Who can we partner with in our local community? By using a set of questions to guide the conversation, participants will be able to consider opportunities for their own ensembles to make interesting and meaningful connections.

Timothy Reno is Associate Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College (Loudonville, NY), where he conducts the Chorus and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in music, and acts as Music Director for the theatre program. Incorporating a wide variety of styles and techniques, Dr. Reno's experiences reflect a diverse enjoyment of music and collaboration.

This year's appearances include conducting the world premiere of "Aleda," a one-act opera celebrating the centennial of the women's right to vote and aviatrix Lena Richberg-Hornsby; tenor solo engagements with Octavo Singers (Schenectady) and Congregation Beth Emeth (Albany), and a commissioned work by the Farmington Public Schools. Recently he has conducted the Montgomery and Schenectady All-County High School choirs, and worked with Consortium Actors (music director), Musicians of Ma'alwyck (tenor soloist), and Octavo Singers (harpsichord). In his home state of CT, Reno taught at Haddam-Killingworth High School, and performed with CitySingers of Hartford and CONCORA.

Reno has earned the DMA and MM degrees in choral conducting from the University of Maryland, and the BM in music education and vocal performance from Ithaca College. In 2010 he was selected to be a conducting fellow for the Philadelphia Bach Institute with Helmuth Rilling, and he has sung as a member of Rilling's Festivalensemble Stuttgart. His conducting teachers include Edward Maclary, James Ross, Janet Galván, Lawrence Doebler, and Stephen Peterson.


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