Reynard Burns is an educator of music, composer, arranger and clinician. His orchestral work entitled "Flying" was the winner of the 2001 Merle Isaac Composition contest, sponsored by the American String Teachers Association. This work was subsequently published by Warner Brothers Music and is presently available as an Alfred Music publication. During the course of his thirty-five years as a public school orchestra director, he has written and arranged music for studio orchestra, jazz strings, and quartets as well as full orchestra.Rey has worked closely with the Turtle Island String Quartet, as well as with jazz violinists John Blake and Randy Sabien. He studied arranging and orchestration with noted composer and arranger Sandy Feldstein.Currently, Rey is the Director of the Dowling College Orchestra. He also presents workshops for string students and teachers on playing jazz and improvising. Taking an active roll in promoting string jazz, Rey has presented workshops at the American String Teachers' Association's National Conferences as well as for public school teacher's and students. The hands-on workshops use the techniques taught in classical training as a basis for guiding string students into the world of jazz.