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Andrea Reinkemeyer Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory

Andrea Reinkemeyer

Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory


B.M. University of Oregon; M.M and D.M.A. University of Michigan (Composition)

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The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer “explores a reverent sound world that hovers just above the brink of silence” (Second Inversion) and expresses “a gamut of emotions… from reverence and supplication to mournfulness and despair” (textura); it is “clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic” (Schenectady Daily Gazette) and “hauntingly melodic and fun, dancing and almost running its way forward” (Fanfare). Her current musical explorations focus on intersectional narratives, natural phenomena, home, and grief.

Reinkemeyer’s music is distributed by the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective and featured on recordings by: Idit Shner, In Mulieribus, A/B Duo, and Post-Haste Reed Duo. Upcoming projects include a new work for flutist Abigail Sperling with support of the Oregon Arts Commission. Recent commissions include: League of American Orchestras and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, H. Robert Reynolds and The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Fear No Music, Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College, Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers, a thirteen-school consortium commission led by Brant Stai and the Sherwood High School Wind Ensemble, Miller Asbill and the Texas Tech University Concert Band, The Wild Swan Theater, Iowa Music Teachers’ Association, and many other performers and visual artists. Her works are regularly performed nationally and internationally and featured performances include: the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Great Noise Ensemble, Thailand International Composition Festival, and Conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) and Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). 

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 and DMA) and University of Oregon (BM). 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 a 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. In recognition of her outstanding creative work, Reinkemeyer was awarded the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award for Linfield Faculty in 2019.

Born 1976 in Portland, Oregon, Andrea has also lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand.

Academic Interests:
As a composer, I work in both the acoustic and electroacoustic realms. My music explores gesture through the intersection of the aural, visual and natural worlds through lush melodic lines and textures teeming with new timbres set against churning rhythmic figures.



The ADJective Composers' Collective distributes the following pieces:

Dos Danzas for Concert Band (2010)
#@&%!* (expletive deleted) for Percussion Quartet (2000)
- Four Poems for Robin for Soprano and Viola (1999) - Gary Snyder, poet
- Half Moon Nocturne for Octet (2007)
- Saturation for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (2017)
When Justice Reigns for Mixed Choir (2016)
- Wild Silk for Baritone Saxophone, Percussion and Piano (2009)
- Wrought Iron for Flute and Percussion (2012)
- From Cycles of Eternity for Women's Vocal Ensemble (2017-18)
- in the speaking silence for Alto Saxophone and Bassoon (2018)
Water Sings Fire for Orchestra (2018)

Additional Scores:

Crisp Point Fanfare for Brass Quintet (2017)
Lured by the Horizon for Orchestra (2005)
NaamJai (Liquid Heart) for Orchestra (2015)
The Thaw for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Choir and Wind Ensemble (2016)
Things Heard, Misunderstood for Alto Saxophone (2012)
Smoulder for Wind Ensemble (2019)
Opening Up for Narrator and String Quartet (2019)


Idit Shner: Minerva on Origin Classical (2019)
featuring Saturation for Soprano Saxophone and Piano (2018)
Commissioned by Idit Shner

In Mulieribus: Cycles of Eternity (2019)
featuring From Cycles of Eternity (2017)
for SSSSAA (Henrietta Cordelia Ray, poet)
Commissioned by In Mulieribus in celebration of their tenth Concert Season; Anna Song, artistic director

Post-Haste Reed Duo: Donut Robot! on Aerocade Music (2019)
in the speaking silence for Alto Saxophone and Bassoon
Commissioned by Post-Haste Reed Duo

A/B Duo: Variety Show on Aerocade Music (2016)
featuring Wrought Iron for Flute and Percussion (2012)
Commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony

Additional inquiries should be directed to the composer

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Professional Affiliations

College Music Society (CMS) International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)

Honors and Awards

- Women Composers Commissions Project. The League of American Orchestras, administered by the American Composers Orchestra, and funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation have commissioned a new work for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. - Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Horace H. Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan in support of, "Lured by the Horizon" for Orchestra