Rick Reckner is the Director of Vocal Music at Southwestern Middle & High School. He began his teaching career here at Southwestern in 1981 after graduating from Taylor University with a B.S. Degree in Vocal Music Education. He then went on to receive his Master's Degree in Secondary Music Education from Indiana University in 1990.
The Southwestern Show Choir ESPRIT was established by Mr. Reckner in 1985 to provide
choral students with a different opportunity to express their musical talents. Since that time, the group has evolved into the show choir that you see today. ESPRIT has placed in the finals at Amherst County, Anderson Highland, Bellmont, Bishop Luers, Cabell Midland, Central Crossing, Edgewood, Grove City, Kettering Fairmont, Lebanon, Northrop, Norwell, Pekin, Princeton, Shelbyville, South Dearborn, Springfield Southeast, St. Clairsville, Teays Valley, Triton Central, and Watseka High Schools. ESPRIT has won numerous Class C/Small Show Choir Grand Championships as well as caption awards for Outstanding Vocals, Choreography, Show Concept, Costumes, and Set Design. ESPRIT has traveled to Disney World/Orlando, FL; Canada's Wonderland & Niagra Falls/Toronto, Canada; Six Flags Great America/Chicago, IL; Cedar Point/Sandusky, OH; Busch Gardens/Williamsburg, VA; Six Flags St. Louis/St Louis, MO; and Washington D.C.
Outside of show choir, Mr. Reckner owns a historic home on Main Street in Madison, Indiana. With the interior design expertise of ESPRIT assistant director Greg Truesdell, Mr. Reckner has redesigned the homes interior. His house was featured on the 2008 Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Madison Visitors Center. It was also featured on the Tri Kappa Fall Tour of Homes. Mr. Reckner is a member of the North Madison Christian Church.