Music Department

To encourage and develop the knowledge and skills of the many Reed students who are interested in music, the music department offers courses in music history and theory, several performing ensembles, and a wide variety of private lessons. Majors and non-majors alike are welcome to take most classes and participate in performance activities.


Giancarlo Castro

The Reed College Music Department is excited to welcome Giancarlo Castro D’Addona as the new conductor of the Reed Orchestra, beginning Fall 2019.

An award-winning composer, conductor, and trumpet player, Giancarlo is recognized as one of the most outstanding artists to have emerged from Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema music education program. As a conductor, he has led many orchestras and chamber music groups, including the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Venezuela, the Paris Symphonic Orchestra, and Orchestra Valentiana, among others. Giancarlo’s compositions are performed around the world at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Radio France Theater in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Berlin Konzerthaus, and the Vienna Concertgebouw. His last work Tuba Sonatina commissioned by Carol Jantsch was premiered at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2019 in Iowa, and he recently completed Euphantasy, commissioned by the renowned French euphonist Bastien Baumet and recorded by the Air Force Band of Lisbon in Portugal for the new album Radiance.  His works have appeared on the EMI Classics, Genuin, and Euroarts labels. In 2018, Giancarlo moved to Portland to join the teaching artist staff of the Bravo Youth Orchestra and conduct the Bravo Community Orchestra.  In September 2019, he was also named conductor of Sinfonietta Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

Music Schedule Form

Complete the Music Schedule Form for applied music courses.