The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer (b. 1976) “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 are focused on intersectional narratives, natural phenomena, and grief. Reinkemeyer has enjoyed recent commissions from: League of American Orchestras and Louisiana Philharmonic with generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra; H. Robert Reynolds and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings; Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College; and Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers. Her music is distributed by the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective and featured on recordings by In Mulieribus, Idit Shner, A/B Duo, and Post-Haste Reed Duo. Upcoming projects include new works for a wind band consortium led by Brant Stai and the Sherwood High School Bands and flutist Abigail Sperling with support of the Oregon Arts Commission.
Reinkemeyer is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory at Linfield College and previously served on the faculty of Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She holds degrees in music composition from the University of Michigan (DMA and MM) and University of Oregon (BM). Born and raised in Oregon, she has also lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand.
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