Faces of UMSI: Regen Le Roy
Regen Le Roy, a first-year MSI student and tuba player, renders music education more accessible using library science and technology.
Regen created Lexcerpts, an online resource that provides a quick and comprehensive way to reference original parts, scores, and recordings for the most prominent orchestral excerpts requested by professional audition committees. “I put Lexcerpts together to advance music education through digital accessibility,” said Regen. He selected over 1,000 excerpts of sheet music from over 200 works to feature on three websites: Brass Excerpts, String Excerpts, and Woodwind Excerpts.
Lexcerpts began as Regen’s graduate thesis at Western Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music research. His advisors were Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, Dr. Jacob Cameron, Dr. Lin Foulk, and Scott Thornburg. While at Western Michigan University, Regen was the manager of the University Symphonic Band for four years, a Russell Brown Scholar, and a Theodore Presser Scholar. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. As a tuba player, he is compelled to support the musicianship of his colleagues.
Lexcerpts is available for free, and always will be. “The best music education programs in the country are often in the more affluent areas,” Regen noted. “Students who don’t have the means to take private music lessons can use Lexcerpts to explore orchestral repertoire.” As of October 2018, Regen’s excerpt books have been downloaded over 20,000 times. His use of QR codes on each page allows musicians to instantly reference scores and recordings from the music stand with their mobile devices.
Regen is an EBSCO intern in the Technical Services Department at the Hatcher Graduate Library, where he catalogs sheet music for the Montgomery Collection. He received this opportunity because he is one of fifteen Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholars through the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW). The Association of Research Libraries selects students who are high-achieving and belong to racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the research library and archives field. He also is also one of 62 American Library Association Spectrum Scholars. UMSI is the only program Regen applied to, and his education would not be possible without the UMSI Achievement Fellowship, he says. He used the school's external scholarships spreadsheet to find additional funding.
At UMSI, Regen hopes to refine his library science skills and discover new ways to make information accessible to underserved populations. “I hope students and teachers with dyslexia can benefit from the highlighted scores,” says Regen about Lexcerpts. After graduation, he plans to work in an academic music library and publish more learning materials on Lexcerpts.