Conducting department

Larry Rachleff is the Director of Orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is also Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and earlier in his career served as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony. Two recent reviews about Larry: Music Director Larry Rachleff, a superb conductor with seasoned leadership skills who conducts everything with deep musical understanding…”(John von Rhein, Classical music critic, Chicago Tribune) and, from, “…make no mistake about it, Rachleff is an incredibly accomplished conductor and an incredibly accomplished musician.”

Thomas Jaber is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Vocal Coaching at the Shepherd School of Music.  In addition to the responsibilities of coaching graduate students and senior voice majors, Mr. Jaber teaches graduate choral conducting and conducts the Rice Chorale.