Tragedy: Opera chorus master, 36, is found shot dead

Tragedy: Opera chorus master, 36, is found shot dead


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2017

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.


  • Respect says:

    Poor kid. Sympathy for his family.

  • Jennifer says:

    Ben was a lovely person- charismatic and giving. His art and gift were otherwordly, a reflection of the depths of his soul. I hope for his peace and mourn him deeply.