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Reagan Casteel

is a composer, pianist, and clarinetist from Nashville, TN. She discovered composition in the middle of her junior year of high school, while in school at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, and completely fell in love with writing music when she attended Interlochen Arts Camp the following summer (2015). There, she studied with Dr. Rob Deemer, composed five new works, and received a Fine Arts Award in composition. Following her inspiring summer at camp, she finished her high school studies at Interlochen Arts Academy with Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen.

Reagan is currently a junior at Eastman School of Music studying Composition and Music Education, and has studied with Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and David Liptak. Her works have been read by the Eastman Wind Orchestra, as well as the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and she has had many student performances of her chamber works. 

Her music has been recognized in multiple competitions, including the Interlochen Fanfare Competition (honorable mention) and the Ithaca College Jazz Composition Competition (honorable mention); and her 2015 marimba solo Raindrops is now published by Row-Loff percussion! Reagan has most recently completed a song cycle for Soprano and Piano (The Balloon of the Mind), as well as a work for Soprano and Wind Ensemble (The Ghost, also orchestrated for full orchestra). She is proud to be an Ensemble Member and one of the Communications Coordinators for Doghouse Ensemble Theatre, as well as the Music Director for After Hours A Cappella.


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