John Reager is the founding Artistic Director of Oakland City Chorus. Subjects at Laney College include: Music History, Music Skills, Piano, Theory, and Voice. He also teaches Composition, Musicianship, and Theory at The Crowden School in Berkeley. A member of ASCAP, he is published by G.I.A. Publicationsin Chicago and has free scores posted 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. While 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 include: St. Mary’s Cathedral (S.F.), Congregation Rodef Beth Shalom (San Rafael), and All Souls Episcopal Church (Berkeley).
He holds two Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Composition and Vocal Performance. His Bachelor of Arts in Music: Composition, Piano, and Voice is from Cal Poly Pomona.