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.


ShoheiKobayashiHeadshotThe Reed College Music Department is excited to welcome Shohei Kobayashi as Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director! 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.

The Reed College Music Department is also pleased to announce the formation of a Minor in Music! Please find the requirements to minor in music on the Degree Requirements page.