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.