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Paul Reller, Associate Professor, has been part of the USF composition faculty since 1990. He is the coordinator of the composition department and director of SYCOM, USF’s suite of electronic music studios. He received a BM from the University of Minnesota, Masters and Ph.D. work at the Eastman School of Music. His major teachers include Samuel Adler, Dominick Argento, Paul Fetler, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Allan Schindler and Joseph Schwantner. Reller has received many awards for his compositions, among them the Bearns Prize, a BMI award, and two ASCAP awards.

Reller composes for a wide variety of acoustic and electronic media. Recordings of his compositions can be found on compilations of the Bonk Festival of New Music (which he helped found), as well as CD’s by Margaret Lancaster, Hilton Jones, and the USF Percussion Ensemble. In 2002 he released The Big Vibration, a two-CD set of his compositions for acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

Reller has also worked as a producer/arranger for such acts as G.G. Allin (Carnival of Excess), Tiny Tim (Prisoner of Love), Crash Mitchell (Cantankerous), and his own band, Clang, for which he was the singer/songwriter as well, with three CD’s to their credit.

Since 1999, Reller has worked extensively in the area of theater and dance. He was the composer-in-residence for the Jobsite Theater for their 1999-2000 season, composing, music directing and/or sound designing for every show that year, culminating with Jobsite’s production of his musical, The Ruins, or Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires and the Law of Nature, which was produced at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in the summer of 2000. He has also collaborated extensively with USF’s Department of Theater and Dance as a composer, music director and/or performer.




Associate Professor of Composition

At USF since 1990

MM - Eastman School of Music