Assistant Professor of Music
Division of the Arts
Shohei Kobayashi, Assistant Professor of Music at Reed College, directs the Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum and teaches courses in music theory and musicianship. In this work, Shohei synthesizes their experiences as a conductor, ensemble vocalist, and art song interpreter with their insights as a self-taught guitarist, singer/songwriter, and bandmate to connect and collaborate with musicians and music lovers of all backgrounds. As a music educator, Shohei has led choirs at University of Michigan, Oakland University, and Lewis & Clark College, and has also assisted the Choral Conducting Institute and the Adult Choir Camp programs at Interlochen College of Creative Arts. From 2016 to 2020, they served as assistant conductor for the UMS Choral Union, a 175-member auditioned symphonic chorus, and helped prepare the group for appearances with Budapest Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Shohei has attended workshops nationally and internationally and has worked with Helmuth Rilling, Kathy Romey, David Hayes, Lucinda Carver, Andrew Megill, Simon Carrington, Larry Rachleff, Joseph Flummerfelt, Ann Howard Jones, and Jan Harrington. Shohei holds degrees from University of Michigan and Lewis & Clark College where he studied and performed with Eugene Rogers, Jerry Blackstone, and Katherine FitzGibbon. He is a member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, and American Choral Directors Association.