Faculty & Staff
Eric Wade Reiff, Music Librarian for Hampton University, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Brandeis University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of California, Irvine, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina School of Music. He has worked with many orchestras in the United States and other countries including Austria, Brazil, China, Israel, and Russia. In 1999 and 2000 he received the Helen F. Wittaker Fellowship to participate in the Conductors Institute of South Carolina. In June 2000, he was an active student in the Conductors Guild New Orchestra of Boston Conducting workshop. In October 2000 he was invited to India to conduct the Calcutta Foundation Orchestra. In 1985 he was an active student in the Dirigentenkurs at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. His principal conducting teachers have included Manuel Alvarez, Hans Beer, David Epstein, Daniel Lewis, and Donald Portnoy. He also worked with Eleazar de Carvalho, Harold Farberman, Ferdinand Leitner, Samuel Jones, Kirk Muspratt, Gunther Schuller, and Paul Vermel. In 1994 he made his New York conducting debut with the New York Debut & Premiere Orchestra, in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, conducting a concert celebrating Israel's 46th Anniversary. During two and a half years in Israel he had conducted the Jerusalem New Music Ensemble, and worked with orchestras in Haifa and Beer Sheva, and with a choral group in Beer Sheva. In August 1998 he conducted the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra of China in a recording of Mozart's Symphony # 29 and J.A.C. Redford's, “The Growing Season”. While living in Israel, he had been “Artistin- Residence”, in the Arad Arts Project and was appointed its Musical Advisor. He also served as Artistic Director of the Israeli-American Music Consortium. Dr. Reiff joined the York River Symphony Orchestra as a violinist and is now in his sixth season as the orchestra's conductor.