Jared Reiff, Director of Music Ministries

Jared Reiff is a recent graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, earning the Bachelors of Music degree in 2014 and the Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting in December 2016. A native of Arkansas, Jared currently lives in Abilene with his wife, Alex, who is a prominent middle school orchestra director in town. They share their home with two adorable dogs, a chihuahua-terrier named Moose and a small chocolate poodle named Bear, who make sport of being lazy. Jared is a member of many professional organizations which include the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Texas Music Educators Association.

As a performer, Jared has conducted the Historic Paramount Theater’s Summer Musical productions of Les Miserables and Into the Woods. In 2013, he was selected as a student conductor for TCDA and performed at the annual conference in San Antonio that year. His other conducting experience includes his service as a former student director of HSU’s Upbeat! a cappella choir, and he performed as the Assistant Conductor for Hardin-Simmons Concert Choir and University Chorale. He has performed here in the U. S. in states such as Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, but also abroad at European venues in Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain.

Jared is excited about the ongoing music and worship ministry of the First United Methodist Church in Clyde, whose emphasis has been on choral traditions and musical excellence. He looks forward to upholding the historic musical traditions of the church while also developing newness in the context of today’s worship. He is currently in the process of writing a book about shoe-tying technique, and intends to have it completed by the end of 2017. After several years in the ministry, Jared would like to pursue the D. M. A. degree and intends to pass along his knowledge and experience as a conductor and a church musician by teaching higher-education music.