Whether it's jazz, classical, musical theatre, big band, blues, rock, funk or Latin, Chris Reza is comfortable with any musical style or form. A woodwind specialist, composer and educator from the Dallas area, Chris plays fifteen different woodwinds including flutes, single and double reeds. In addition to compositions used for commercial distribution, recent commissions of his include a concert piece premiered by the English Hornist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for 38 years, Tom Stacy and Grammy Award Winning Multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCandless. Additional work includes performing with Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Anika Noni Rose, Maureen McGovern, Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, numerous other ensembles and pit work for twelve musicals in the past four years alone. In addition to touring through the Midwest, East Coast, and performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, Chris works for Well Tone New Music, the Manhattan School of Music Center for Music Entrepreneurship and has formerly served as the Executive Board Vice President for the non profit organization North Texas Music Alumni.
With degrees in Performance for both Jazz Studies and Multiple Woodwinds from the University of North Texas, Chris is now in the Jazz Composition Masters Program at the Manhattan School of Music studying with the world-renowned composer/pianist, Jim McNeely. He has over seven years of experience teaching saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and flute to students in grade levels 6 through 12.