Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory
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.
Dr. 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 for Louisiana Philharmonic as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Women Composers Commissions program, which is 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 also received recognition from the International Alliance of Women in Music. Wild Silk and Dos Danzas were recently selected for inclusion in the 2017 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference.
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.
Dr. 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.
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)
- Crisp Point Fanfare for Brass Quintet (2017)
- From Cycles of Eternity for Women's Vocal Ensemble (2017-18)
- in the speaking silence for Alto Saxophone and Bassoon (2018)
- 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)
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