Reichwald Inducted as National Patron

Dr. Siegwart Reichwald was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron on May 7, 2007 at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The induction ceremony was conducted by Eta North Province President Carson Turner. He was assisted by members of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter and Chapter Adviser Mildred Roche. The afternoon ceremony occurred in Mayfarth Rehearsal Hall of the Petrie School of Music. Mr. Turner presented a National Patron Key Pin to the inductee during the ceremony. At an evening orchestra concert conducted by Dr. Reichwald, he was presented with an official National Patron Certificate and a small gift from Delta Omicron.

Dr. Reichwald is a native of Germany. After studies in church music during his high school years, he came to the United States and studied organ with Dr. William Bates at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance in 1991. He went on to study orchestral conducting with Philip Spurgeon at the Florida State University and received a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting in 1993.

After two years as Music Director of the Independent Presbyterian Church, Dr. Reichwald broadened his education through the study of musicology, and he received a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the Florida State University in 1998. His dissertation dealt with the compositional process of Mendelssohn in the oratorio Paulus and was later published in 2001.

As a faculty member at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Reichwald published articles on music by Mendelssohn, Brumel, and Poulenc. In 2003, he was the recipient of the faculty award for outstanding teaching from that university. In 2004, he joined the faculty of Converse College as Associate Professor of Music History and Music Director of the Converse Symphony Orchestra.

In January of 2007, Dr. Reichwald taught a January term at the University of Iceland on new interdisciplinary approaches to music interpretation of the nineteenth century. This course was the outcome of a series of papers and presentations on persona, gender, and narrativity in piano trios of Clara and Robert Schumann and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. Currently he is editing a collection of essays on performance practice issues in the music of Felix Mendelssohn.

Most recently, Dr. Reichwald was chosen as the recipient of the 2006-07 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.