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

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.

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  • 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.

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