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John Reager

Music Department Chair John Reager is the founding director of Oakland City Chorus. Subjects at Laney College: Chorus, Music History, Music Skills, Piano, Theory, and Voice.

  • John Adams Young Composers Program: composition lessons
  • The Crowden School: Musicianship/Theory
  • A member of ASCAP, published by G.I.A. in Chicago, IL.
  • Scores listed on The Petrucci Library and Choral Public Domain Library
  • Solo recitals as: composer, tenor, pianist, and organist

He has presented talks about exploring Music History at the Berkeley Public Library and on KPFA Radio. A paid member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for eight seasons, he performed the role of Remandado in Bizet’s Carmen, was tenor soloist for the premier of Anthony Korf’s Requiem, and participated in Grammy winning recordings on RCA, Decca, and Paramount Pictures. Sacred music positions have included: St. Mary’s Cathedral (S.F.), Congregation Rodef Beth Shalom (San Rafael), and All Souls Episcopal Church (Berkeley).

  • Two Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Composition and Vocal Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: Composition, Piano, and Voice is from Cal Poly Pomona