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Dr. Reno serves as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, teaches Chamber Singers and other courses in vocal and general music and conducting, and serves as resident music director for the Theater Program. He is founder and conductor of the Clare Ensemble Singers, a professional-level chamber choir in residence at Siena. He is an active performer throughout the area. Incorporating a variety of styles and techniques, Dr. Reno's teaching reflects his enjoyment of all aspects of music and collaboration.

Tenor soloist - Mozart Requiem (Octavo Singers)
Tenor soloist - Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes (Ten Broeck Mansion)
Tenor - UMD Chamber Singers performance @National Collegiate Choral Organization conference
Music Director - The Pajama Game (Siena College)

Interim Music Director - Mater Christi Parish (Albany, NY) - January-August 2019
Tenor - High Holy Day Octet (Temple Beth Emeth, Albany) - September 2018
Tenor soloist - Handel "Messiah" (Octavo Singers, Schenectady) - December 2018Music Director/Keyboard - "The Last Five Years" (Cook Park, Colonie)
Music Director/Conductor - "Aleda" world premiere chamber opera, by Max Caplan (Musicians of Ma'alwyck)
Conductor - Durufle "Requiem" (Siena Choirs and alumni, Westminster Church Choir, Clare Ensemble)
Composer - "Nunc Dimittis" (SATB, string quartet, 5:00)

Degree Program University
D.M.A. Choral Conducting University of Maryland
M.M. Choral Conducting University of Maryland
B.M. Music Education and Vocal Performance Ithaca College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy teaching students to be lifelong musicians and lovers of music.  For me, success is measured by the many students who contact me later in life about how they are enjoying hearing a piece of music, or what they are singing with their community choir, or about a concert they just went to.
My own philosophy bridges the gap between precision and intent.  Many conductors demand perfect pitch, perfect tone, perfect balance-- but leave no time to talk about what the music means to the individual.  Of course musicians should be precise, but it must be driven from our own motivation.  This is true artistic clarity.

What I Love About Siena

Siena a wonderful place to be! It brings together students who care and who work hard, a supportive and interdisciplinary faculty, and unique opportunities that are not available in larger schools.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I love what I do.  At some point in the semester I tell each class that they're my favorite... and it is absolutely true.  Here are the three courses I teach most often, and why I love them:
CREA 120 - Chorus
- It's open to EVERYone on campus
- Students come because they simply love to sing
- There is a great range of opportunities/contexts, from interdisciplinary concerts to major works with professional orchestra players.
CREA 213 - Basics of Singing
- The classroom becomes our playground.
- We explore a huge spectrum of musicianship, from movement to theory to practice.
- It brings out my inner music geek.
CREA 335 - Chamber Singers
- It is a group of our 16 best choral singers on campus.
- They have as much fun with each other as they do with the music.
- We get to explore the composer's intention and style in greater detail (again, music geek!).

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2019 - 2019 Interim Music Director Parish of Mater Christi
2017 - Now Associate Professor of Creative Arts Siena College
2015 - 2015 Interim Organist First Lutheran Church
2012 - 2013 Guest organist Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
2011 - 2017 Assistant Professor of Creative Arts Siena College
2010 - 2011 Adjunct Instructor University of Maryland
2008 - 2010 Teaching Assistant University of Maryland
2006 - 2011 Music Director / Organist Our Lady of the Fields Church
2004 - 2006 Teaching Assistant University of Maryland
2001 - 2004 Vocal and Choral Music Teacher Haddam-Killingworth High School

Current Research

As an artist with degrees in performance (conducting and voice) and music education, a wealth of experience in piano/organ, and a penchant for composing, I am a multifaceted and very active professional musician in the area.  In addition to this, I am always interested in discovering new repertoire to share with my choral and voice students, and exploring research on the importance of play in the learning process.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Chamber Singers reviewed by committee and accepted to perform at the Fall Conference of NY American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Other ensembles include Eastman Chorale and Women's Ensemble and Buffalo Choral Arts Society

    Category: Teaching
    NY ACDA, 2015


  • Hosting Institution Performance
    National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), College Park, Maryland
  • A Vocal Tune-Up
    November, 2017
    Weaving Our Gifts: A national conference of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Reaching Out: Exploring Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    October, 2017
    ACDA CT State Fall Conference, Manchester, Connecticut