Reuben Allred was completing a doctorate at the University of North Texas while working as assistant chorus master at the Dallas Opera.
A talented pianist with a gift for friendship, he was found dead on Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a pond in South Denton, Texas.
His death has been classified a suicide.
The university has established a fund in his memory.
Pamela Paul, Regents professor of piano at UNT, said: ‘Seldom have I known someone so responsible, so committed, so hardworking and so ethical.’
Here’s his two-hand reduction of Rite of Spring.