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Music Influences in the US
Upon arrival to the United States,
neighborhood friends introduced him to
Blues, Rock and Jazz music. Around the
same time, he was also introduced to the
Portuguese language as well. Soon Victor
was performing with local bands in the New
York circuit. A turn of events resulted in him
attending Atlantic Union College in
Massachusetts to study theology and music.
There he had formal studies in classical
guitar with Lou Arnold and then with Malcolm
Barsamian at Thayer Music Conservatory.
While in the program he toured with the New
England Youth Ensemble and the Collegiate
Choir under the direction of the late Dr.
Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse and Dr. James
Over the years, he has experimented with music composition and arranging, however, a course on 20th century
composition with Dr. Margarita Merriman opened up new venues of inspiration in the early '90s. As a result, his
material is a cross of various musical styles with classical and flamenco undertones.
His experience as a chorister and formal voice lessons, have trained his vocal style to complement his guitar sound
and give him a signature unique to the overall impact of his performances.
In concert, his enthusiasm and charisma appeals to young and adults alike. His quiet, yet attractive personality
completes the essential elements that contribute to a wonderful music experience during performances. His
performances fill people with inspiration to learn to play the guitar.
Since the 90’s he has been a private guitar instructor, training
young people with the rudiments of music as a foundation to
a solid introductory guitar curriculum based on the noted
Frederick Noad’s FIRST BOOK FOR THE GUITAR and SOLO
GUITAR PLAYING for classical guitar training. The curriculum
for Flatpicking is based on William G. Leavitt’s acclaimed A
MODERN METHOD FOR GUITAR series. The Flamenco
curriculum is based on Dennis Koster’s THE KEYS TO
FLAMENCO GUITAR series. He also teaches a module on
Electric guitar techniques.
His performances include solo and chamber
music throughout the Mid-West and Eastern United
States. He has performed as a chorister and
guitarist at St. Bartholomew's (LI/NY), Willard
Chapel (Auburn, NY), Battle Creek Tabernacle (MI),
General Conference Chapel (MD), World Trade
Center (Boston, MA), Women's Christian
Temperance Union (Watertown, NY, Chapter),
Public Parks, and Protestant Churches and at an
international convention in Washington, D.C.
In January of 2001, he toured Florida with Pro Arts
International Choir as a chamber feature,
performing with the Gypsy Rebels in several same
year, he directed the first Classical Guitar Clinic
for Pine Tree Academy. The following year, he returned for a second time to direct the Guitar Clinic. In addition, he had
the honor to provide a private performance for Jennifer Smith, the former Premier of Bermuda (1998 - 2003).
In December of 2003, he was again invited to tour the Los Angeles area with Pro Arts International Choir with the
Gypsy Rebels as a feature act. Performances include the Museum of Latin American Art, La Sierra University and
Disneyland among others. Recently, he has been performing in the Michiana Area, including three appearances at
Andrews University Classical Seminary Series and several concerts with Chilean Classical guitar performer, Enrique
Early Music Education
Victor M. Reyes-Prieto was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a Latin American democratic republic
with approximately 500 years of Western tradition and established on the legacy of native South
American culture. As a child he was influenced mainly by Flamenco music, local waltz styles played
on the guitar, and Classical music. He attended the Friedrich Fröbel Kindergarten and Elementary
School where he was taught Spanish, English and German. There he learned his early music
lessons with nationally renowned concert pianist, Elina Manzano, former director of the National
Conservatory and currently head of the Frédéric Chopin Conservatory. Later his parents matriculated
him at the John F. Kennedy School where he was taught Spanish and English. There he was
exposed to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven and other western composers.