Andrea Reinkemeyer wins international composition award

Portrait of Andrea Reinkemeyer

Andrea Reinkemeyer, associate professor of music composition and theory at Linfield University, recently won top honors from the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). Reinkemeyer received the 2021 Alex Shapiro Prize, which recognizes newly created works of any duration written for a large ensemble wind band requiring a conductor. The piece can be arranged with or without a soloist, as an acoustic or electroacoustic piece, and be published or as yet unpublished. Reinkemeyer was selected as this year’s recipient for her composition, “Smoulder.” The award comes with a monetary prize and a mentorship and consultation with Shapiro, an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music.

“Smoulder” was written for wind ensemble in 2019. It was originally commissioned by a thirteen-school consortium of conductors and ensembles led by Brant Stai and the Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble.

“Climate change is one of the top issues among America’s youth, and there is a growing discontent with inaction on this front,” Reinkemeyer said. “With this in mind, the piece unfolds through a brooding and dynamic arch form. I wrote this piece to honor the young performers who will deal with these complex issues for the rest of their lives.”

The world premiere of “Smoulder” was as the Oregon Music Education Association Conference on Jan. 17, 2020. Watch the performance on YouTube. “Smoulder” was also recognized as a finalist in the 2020 National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Contest.

The IAWM’s annual Search for New Music Competition recognizes the accomplishments of  composers and fosters IAWM’s goal of increasing awareness of the musical contributions of women. IAWM hopes that performers around the world will see this as a resource for their own concert programming. This year, the organization received 87 submissions from 19 countries. Prizes were awarded in 10 categories.

Reinkemeyer has been at Linfield since 2014. Her creative works explore the interaction of music with other disciplines. She regularly writes music for large orchestra and wind bands, intimate chamber ensembles and interactive electronics. Her song, “Wild Silk,” was recently released on “Drift,” a compilation disc from the Society of Composers (Navona, 2020) and her piece “Water Sings Fire” was performed by the Eugene Symphony at their latest concert in October 2021 and in their upcoming virtual event on Thursday, Nov. 4.  Other recent commissions include works for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and League of American Orchestras with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra; Rhymes with Opera; Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings; Rodney Dorsey; and Fear No Music. Her music is distributed by Murphy Press and the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective.