Reagan Casteel is a composer, pianist, and music director from Nashville, TN. She is currently a junior at Eastman School of Music studying Composition, and has studied with Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and David Liptak, as well as Rob Deemer and Cynthia Van Maanen before college. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Reagan has many interests and loves bluegrass, musical theatre, and contemporary a cappella music in addition to her enthusiastic pursuit of contemporary classical music.

 
 
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AS A COMPOSER…

Reagan’s music has been recognized in the Interlochen Fanfare Competition (honorable mention) and the Ithaca College Jazz Composition Competition (honorable mention). Her 2015 marimba solo Raindrops is now published by Row-Loff percussion, and her choral work O Golden Day! O Silver Night! was performed by Nashville’s Portara Ensemble in 2016. She has most recently completed a set of songs about creativity entitled The Balloon of the Mind, which was performed by soprano Rachel Kobernick earlier this year, and a work for clarinet choir inspired by her southern roots entitled Cattywampus. Reagan is currently working on a piece for mixed choir, collaborating with a fellow Interlochen graduate and creative writer Olivia Alger.

AS A PIANIST…

Reagan is currently studying classical piano with Elinor Freer at Eastman, and performs her own works often. In addition to her classical studies, she has a profound love of jazz and was Tennessee’s all-state jazz pianist for three years before moving to Interlochen, where she performed in three jazz ensembles. Reagan regularly accompanies multiple voice students at Eastman and loves the collaborative nature of these relationships.

AS A MUSIC DIRECTOR…

In addition to her love of classical music, Reagan adopted a love of musical theatre when she was a toddler, but her pursuit of music direction has been a much more recent endeavor. After playing Keyboard 1/2 in Interlochen’s 2016 production of RENT, she went on to serve as Assistant Music Director for ROC Players’ THE LAST FIVE YEARS and Music Director for ROC Players’ NEXT TO NORMAL and INTO THE WOODS at the University of Rochester. Reagan spent her summer as an Intern at iTheatrics in New York City, learning from their directors and music directors, and she recently had her professional music directing debut with UR Todd Theatre’s fall production of GONE MISSING.

AS AN ARRANGER…

Reagan began arranging in high school, starting with the most boring arrangement of Jackson 5’s ABC for Clarinet Choir you’ve ever heard. Since then, however her interest and skills have become much more developed, and Reagan has now completed dozens of arrangements, mostly for a cappella SATB choir. Reagan is fortunate to serve as Music Director and primary arranger for UR’s premier co-ed a cappella group, After Hours, and has them to thank for much of her arranging practice.

AS A VOCALIST…

Since age 7, Reagan has performed on numerous recording projects for MTI, Disney Theatrical, Tams-Whitmark, R&H, as well as many other clients. She considers singing an extremely important part of her musicianship and continues to perform as a vocalist with her a cappella group, After Hours.

AS A LEADER…

Reagan has held many leadership positions at Eastman, including ROC Players Fundraising Chair (2016 -17), Eastman Orientation Committee Member (2017), Academic Integrity Committee Student Representative (2017- present) Music Director for UR After Hours (2018 - present), and Sergeant at Arms for Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Theta chapter (2018 - present). She is also currently an Ensemble Member and Communications Coordinator for Doghouse Ensemble Theatre.

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