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conductor , Music educator

William Francis Reber, music educator, conductor. Recipient B. Iden Payne award Austin Circle Theatres, 1990, Arizoni award Arizona Production Association, 1995, 96; Cultural travel grantee United States Information Service, 1992, 95.


Reber, William Francis was born on December 3, 1940 in Oakland, California, United States. Son of Otto Francis and Garna (Wiman) Reber.


Bachelor of Music magna cum laude, University Utah, 1964. Master of Music, University Utah, 1966. Doctor of Museum Arts, University Texas, 1977.

Student, Wesley Balk Opera/Museum Theatre Institute, 1976.


Conductor, vocal coach, Minnesota Opera Company, St. Paul, 1976-1977; assistant professor, lecturer music, University Texas, Austin, 1978-1990; conductor, Corpus Christi (Texas) Ballet, since 1986; associate professor, California State University, Fullerton, 1990-1991; associate professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1991-1996; professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, since 1996. Member music staff Minnesota Dance Theatre. Conductor University Texas, 1978-1990, founder, music director chamber orchestra, conductor opera theatre, associate conductor symphony, music director music theatre.

Studienleiter, coach, conductor American Institute Museum Studies, Graz, Austria, 1985, 86, 93-. Guest conductor Corpus Christi Symphony, 1986-1991. Music director symphony, conductor opera theatre California State University, 1990-1991.

Director, principal conductor lyric opera theatre, Arizona State University, Tempe, since 1991. Music advisor Staatsoperette Dresden, Germany, 1993. Conductor, vocal coach Altenburger Musiktheater Akademie, Altenburg, Germany.

Jury chair Corpus Christi Young Artists' Competition, Kingsville International Young Performers' Competition, flute/piano recital Ohrid International Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, 1994, Macedonian American Music Festival, 1995. Accompanist various instrumental and vocal recitals.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Operas of Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1977. Translator: Das Christelflein, 1977.


Selection panelist Arizona Commission Arts, Phoenix, 1993. Captain United States Air Force, 1966-1972. Member Opera American, National Opera Association, American Symphony Orchestra League, Condrs.' Guild, College Music Society.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: flying, chess.


Married Donna Lee Knight, October 18, 1965 (divorced). Children: Arianna Lynnette, William Daniel. Married Margaret Susan Moffatt, June 24, 1986 (divorced).

Otto Francis Reber

Garna (Wiman) Reber

Margaret Susan Moffatt

Donna Lee Knight

William Daniel Reber

Arianna Lynnette Reber