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Reba, Chris (full)
Associate Professor and Music Coordinator
Arts & Sciences
Gate House

    Chris Reba (born 1979 near Los Angeles, California) has studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize-winner Roger Reynolds, Cort Lippe, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Jeff Stadelman, Rand Steiger and studied contrabass with Bertram Turetzky. Chris is a two-time ArtsBridge scholar, and while at UCSD won the Stewert Prize for outstanding creative work and the Erickson Prize for excellence in research.

    He has been a professional musician since the age of 16, has played in dozens of bands, ensembles and with distinguished artists in many genres of music including Grammy Award winning artists Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Larry Mitchell (solo artist and guitarist with Tracy Chapman), Chris Prescott of Pinback, No Knife, the Jade Shader, and others. He is a founding member of the Open Music Foundation, a not-for-profit organization for composers and artists dedicated to the promotion of artistic expression based on unconventional, experimental, open-form and especially graphical forms of communicating musical ideas. He is also a founding member of the foundation’s core performing ensemble. Chris is currently a newly-appointed assistant professor of music and sound recording at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and has previously held positions as a full-time faculty member at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, and as an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

    In addition, he has been a private bass instructor for over a decade. He has worked in many areas of music and music industry as a recording engineer, live sound technician, professional musician, composer, conductor and educator. He remains active in these areas. Chris also runs a small independent record label from which he releases his own music and the music of other independent artists. He is a composing and publishing member of ASCAP and a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

    Research Interests

     - Music and Human Perception

     - Music Technology

     - Experimental and Avant Garde Music

     - Folk Music



    A.A., Music (Sound Recording) from MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside, CA
    B.A., in Music Composition and Contrabass Performance from the University of California, San Diego (Cum Laude)
    M.A., in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo