DeReau joined First Unitarian Church of Portland in July of 2016 as Acting Music Director. He was named our permanent Director of Music in March of 2017. DeReau came to us from Southern California where he served as Director of Music for Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, Choir Director for First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Artistic Director of Selah Gospel Choir – an interfaith community gospel choir, Voice and Choir Teacher for New Roads High School, and Musical Director for classic theater company, A Noise Within. Additionally, DeReau worked in Los Angeles as a freelance music director, vocal contractor, consultant, and arranger, and has a background as a classical singer. He serves on both the Board and Conference Planning Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network, as well as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Commission on Institutional Change.