Meet the Director
John Reikow is the Director of Orchestras and Jazz Studies at Holland High School. John has worked for the Holland Public Schools for 16 years as the Director of Orchestras and Jazz Studies and last year added the band program to his list of responsibilities. Mr. Reikow is also the Holland Public Schools Music Department Chairman.
As a cellist, Mr. Reikow graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelors degree of Fine Arts with a Major in Cello Performance and a Major in Music Education. While at Western he was the first recipient of the Herbert Butler Memorial Scholarship, a member of the Honors String Quartet, performed in master classes with Joshua Bell, and performed in the drum line of the WMU Marching Broncos.
In 2001 Mr. Reikow conducted the American International Youth Symphony with collaboration of Valparaiso University on a two week tour of China performing concerts in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Three Holland High School students joined the orchestra on this tour. Mr. Reikow was also conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 6 years.
Under Mr. Reikow’s direction the high school and middle school orchestras have received 15 years of first division ratings at orchestra festivals and have twice been selected to be recognized as one of the outstanding string programs in the State. The Holland Chamber Orchestra has twice been chosen to perform for the music teachers of the at the Music Educators Conference in Ann Arbor. In 2009 the Holland Orchestras performed side by side with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in a conclusion of a fantastic concert season.
Since joining Holland Public Schools, John Reikow has developed the first jazz band program for the high school and designed and implemented the 5th grade instrumental music program.