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Conductor and Accompanist


Eric Rea
Artistic Director and Conductor

Conductor Eric Rea is pleased to be leading the recently-formed Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus. In addition to his work with the chorus, he serves as full-time faculty in the Music Department at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee where he directs the College Singers, and teaches music theory and voice. Prior to the full-time appointment at MSJC, he was on the faculty of Riverside City College for 4 years, teaching voice and serving first as Assistant Director and then Conductor of the Riverside Master Chorale. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Before relocating to California in 2010, Eric taught for 4 years in the choral and voice departments of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He has directed High School summer camp and festival choirs, and served as a choral clinician for schools and churches in Southern California, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Sydney, Australia. An award-winning baritone and accomplished accompanist, he has performed in duo concerts with his wife in the Golden Valley Music Society’s “Classics at the Merc” series, as a soloist with the Temecula Valley Symphony, and as a member of Rivertree Singers, the Temecula Valley Master Chorale, and the Riverside Master Chorale.

With degrees in both Music and Theology, Eric is also an active Assistant Pastor at Grace Bible Church of Menifee – the reason he and his wife moved to California in the first place. In any time that’s left, he enjoys biking, dabbling in composing, and most of all spending time with his wife Heidi Jeanne and son Xander, who joined the family in November 2014.

 


Wendi Turk
Accompanist

Wendi Turk has enjoyed tremendous musical opportunities as a keyboard collaborative artist, musical director, and educator since 1985. Wendi’s vocal and instrumental coaching has prepared young artists for national and international recitals, auditions and competitions such as the regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, Spotlight and Young Artist competitions, and the prestigious Eisteddfodd competition in Wales. As a choral collaborator, she has performed with choirs on various concert stages and cathedrals in China, Wales, Ireland, England, Eastern Europe, Germany and the United States under the direction of Michelle Jensen (Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers), John Byun (Riverside Community College/Temecula Valley Master Chorale), and Dr. Jonathan Talberg (CSU Long Beach). As a member of ACDA, SCVA and NCCO, Wendi has collaborated with renowned clinicians such as Charlene Archibeque, Eric Whitacre, Richard Burchard, Josh Haberman, Geoffrey Boers, Jo-Michael Schiebe, and John Alexander. She currently accompanies ensembles and soloists at Azusa Pacific University, Citrus College, Santa Ana USD, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Wendi is also in demand as a musical director/conductor in the field of musical theater. Most recently, Wendi has collaborated on projects at Mt. San Jacinto College, Citrus College, Fullerton College, Riverside Community College, and with Southern California community theater companies such as Worldwide Theatrical Productions, Broadway Gardens, Candlelight Dinner Theater and Christian Youth Theater. Recent show credits include Mary Poppins, Spelling Bee, Bye Bye Birdie, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dogfight, Godspell, Shrek, Les Miserables, Ragtime, Legally Blonde, Wizard of Oz, and the award-winning performance of Sweeney Todd.

In 2016, Wendi completed a Master’s degree program in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at Azusa Pacific University under the teaching of Dr. Joel Clifft (USC), Dr. Eugene Alcalay (Julliard), and Dr. Cheryl Lin Fielding (Julliard). She lives in Murrieta with her husband, David, and son, Steven, and credits the Lord for her accomplishments.