UCSB Voice student Tyler Reece wins Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Tyler Reece (photo by Matt Downey)Voice student Tyler Reece has been named a recipient of the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which “recognizes graduate students who have shown excellence and gone above and beyond as teachers at UC Santa Barbara.” Reece was selected as one of three recipients in the humanities, and one of only nine students campus-wide. A doctoral candidate in Voice, he was nominated for his work as Director of the UCSB Women’s Chorus, a group which he has conducted as a Teaching Assistant for the past three years.
 
Faculty and students alike have praised Reece for his work with the choir, which has grown to 45 members in his short time as Director. Dr. Linda Di Fiore, Professor Adjunct of Voice and Reece’s teaching mentor, remarked that “while Tyler fulfills all the criteria for excellence in the classroom and studio, he nevertheless goes far above and beyond those criteria, innovating curricular requirements, expertly managing administrative tasks associated not only with his classes but for the department as well, and mentoring fellow teaching assistants as they begin their own journey into the classroom, some of them for the first time.”
 
Reece’s duties as a Teaching Assistant and Director of the Women’s Chorus include conducting weekly rehearsals, coaching students on proper vocal technique, sourcing and distributing music to the class, and programming a joint concert with the UCSB Chamber Choir each quarter. Reece also played an active role in recruiting and retaining new members for the ensemble. UCSB Chamber Choir Director and faculty member Daniel Newman-Lessler noted that under Reece’s direction, the UCSB Women’s Chorus now “sings ambitious programs in a multitude of styles and languages with confidence and precision (often from memory); is increasingly musically literate, and invariably produces a hearty and healthy sound. When Tyler graduates this spring, he will leave behind the legacy of a[n] ensemble that has been strengthened in every way possible.”  
 
During his time at UC Santa Barbara, Reece also taught Class Voice and Studio Voice and performed lead roles in multiple UC Santa Barbara Opera Theatre productions, including Malvolio in the West Coast premiere of Professor Emeritus Joel Feigin’s Twelfth Night and Harold Von Reckenburg in the North American premiere of Franz Lehár’s The Mock Marriage at the Lobero Theatre. Reece has won numerous awards through the National Association for Teachers of Singing, including the Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year song recital competition. An active performer in the Santa Barbara community, he has sung professionally with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, and as cantor at Old Mission Santa Barbara.
 
Reece will graduate this Spring with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
 
Photo by Matthew Downey
 
Tyler Reece (photo by Matthew Downey)