In tune with TU
faculty member to be feted for 40 years of service to the university
Pianist Reynaldo Reyes
says he once taught in "the dungeon," the name he and
his Department of Music colleagues bestowed on their dank, subterranean
studio in Van Bokkelen Hall.
"When it rained,
there was a problem," he recalls. "Water would creep in."
Reyes lived in downtown
Baltimore and at first took a taxi to what would soon become Towson
State College. "I didn't drive, so it was the only way I knew
to get here," he chuckles.
"All of my salary
went for the taxi."
In retrospect, the campus
of 40-plus years ago seems notable for what wasn't there:
the Center for the Arts, the Towson Center, Unitas Stadium, the
University Union, Cook Library, Hawkins Hall and several other academic,
administrative and residential facilities. "All I knew was
Stephens, Van Bokkelen, Richmond and Newell," Reyes says.
Through the 1960s Stephens
Hall housed the music faculty, plus every other academic department.
"It was a cozy, intimate atmosphere," he remembers. "I
knew everybody, from the president on down, and I enjoyed that."
He also knew all 16 of
the college's music majors--especially his four piano students--and
says they were a far cry from '60s campus activists. "Music
students tend to be a little more conservative, a little more refined,"
he explains. "The discipline is so rigorous that it shows in
"When I visit other
colleges to study other subjects, the students there seem wild to
Now in his fifth decade
at TU, Reyes has no plans to retire. "I love what I do,"
he says of his demanding international concert schedule and his
work with students. "I started teaching at age 9--all of my
life has been teaching and practicing and school.
"I find that the
older I get, the better I teach. That's what has been so wonderful
about Towson--the more experience I had, the easier it was.
"If I didn't teach
here, I'd be teaching at home. It's my life."
Reynaldo Reyes, professor
of music, will be among the more than 300 members of the faculty
and staff to be honored next week at the 21st annual Service
by Jan Lucas/Photo by Kanji Takeno
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