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The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer has been described as, “haunting,” “melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward... whimsical,” “clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic” (Detroit Free Press, Fanfare Magazine, Schenectady Daily Gazette); it explores the interplay of visual metaphors, nature, and sound to create lush textures against churning rhythmic figures.

Ms. Reinkemeyer has enjoyed recent commissions from: Post-Haste Reed Duo, Idit Shner, In Mulieribus, Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College, Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers, Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, H. Robert Reynolds and The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio, Miller Asbill and the Texas Tech University Concert Band, The Wild Swan Theater, Iowa Music Teachers’ Association, and many performers and visual artists. Upcoming projects include a new work commissioned for Louisiana Philharmonic by The League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Women Composers Commissions program, administered by American Composers Orchestra, and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Her music is distributed through the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective; it has been performed both nationally and internationally, by the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, fEAR no MUSIC, The Fire Wire Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Thailand International Composition Festival, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, Northern Arizona University Percussion Ensemble, Pacific Rim Gamelan, and new music ensembles at: Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Susquehanna University. Her electroacoustic compositions have been performed on the SEAMUS Conference, Spark Electronic Music Festival, University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and Threshold Electronic Music Festival. Her music has been recorded by the A/B Duo (Aerocade Music) with upcoming recordings by: Post-Haste Reed Duo, Idit Shner and Eunhye Grace Choi, and The Primary Colors Trio.

Dr. Reinkemeyer enjoys exploring music with students of all ages. In 2014, she joined the faculty of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon as Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory. Previously, she served as a Part-time Lecturer in the Mahidol University International College, in Salaya, Thailand (2011-12) and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Composition, Theory and Technology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (2005-10). Reinkemeyer has been the Composer-in-Residence with the: Michigan Philharmonic’s, “The Composer in Me!” Education Pilot Program (2010-11), American-Romanian Festival’s Fusion Project (2011), and Burns Park Elementary School (2004, 2005, 2010). She has mentored public school students through outreach programs with the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (2007) and Michigan Mentorship Program (2002, 2004). Her work with young musicians has been supported by a Meet the Composer/MetLife Creative Connections Grant.

Reinkemeyer holds degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan (MM 2001, DMA 2005) and University of Oregon (BM 1999). Her primary composition teachers include: Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Susan Botti, James Aikman, Robert Kyr, Jack Boss and Harold Owen. While a student, her work was recognized with the prestigious Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, Regents’ Fellowship, Christine Rinaldo Memorial Scholarship, Graduate Student Instructor position in electronic music composition, the Ruth Lorraine Close Musical Fellows and Outstanding Creativity in Composition Award.

Born and raised in Oregon, she has also lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand.



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Upcoming & Recent Projects:

• JANUARY 10-12, 2019: Premiere Performances
Water Sings Fire for Orchestra
  - The League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings
    and Commissions program is administered with American Composers
    Orchestra and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. (info)
    Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
    and music director Carlos Miguel Prieto (info)

• MAY 12 and 19, 2018: Premiere performance
in the speaking silence for Alto Saxophone and Bassoon (2018)
  - Commissioned by Post-Haste Reed Duo
    PHRD is teaming up with Sound of Late for an evening of RITUALS

• NOVEMBER 2017: Completed
Crisp Point Fanfare for Brass Quintet (2017)
  - Commissioned by William Lucas
    for the Michigan Lighthouse Landmark Legacy Project

• SEPTEMBER 24, 2017: Premiere performance
Saturation for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (2017)
  - Commissioned by Idit Shner
    Made possible by a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award

• MAY 5/7, 2017: Premiere performance
3. Life from From Cycles of Eternity (2017)
for Women's Vocal Ensemble (Henrietta Cordelia Ray, poet)
  - Commissioned by In Mulieribus
    in Celebration of their Tenth Concert Season; Anna Song, director

• OCTOBER 23, 2016: Premiere performance
When Justice Reigns for Mixed Choir with Divisi (Janine Applegate, poet)
  - Commissioned by Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College for the
    Linfield College Concert Choir; Anna Song, director

• FALL 2016: Recording released
Wrought Iron for Flute and Percussion (2012)
  - A/B Duo releases their first full-length CD, Variety Show
    on Aerocade Music