Cole Reyes, originally from the Chicagoland area, is currently studying Music Composition at Washington University in St. Louis. Actively involved in the school’s Chamber Choir under Dr. Nicole Aldrich and the Amateurs A Cappella, he loves being involved in music in both the composing and performing aspects. Previously he attended Wheaton Academy where he was also actively involved in choir and a cappella under Joel Visker.
Cole began composing in elementary school and has never stopped since. Beginning with basic melody lines and piano solos, he then found a passion for choir and choral music. He was recognized in the Illinois Music Educators Association Student Composition Contest for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016 for compositions featuring vocal solo and vocal ensemble. As well, he had the honor of leading the rehearsal of and conducting one of the honored pieces in concert with his high school concert choir.
Growing up as a classical pianist, the threads and techniques of classical, romantic, and impressionistic era music are very present throughout Cole’s music. However, though his music often resembles the styles of the 19th and 20th centuries, his music is also very in line with contemporary techniques such as the strategic use of dissonance and “ambient-style” writing. The marriage of the past and present bring not only a sense of comfort and nostalgia of the past eras of music but also the excitement of contemporary composition.