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Andrea Reinkemeyer

Sherwood, OR      

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

Reinkemeyer has enjoyed recent commissions from: League of American Orchestras and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin FoundationLacroute 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 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 new works for: a wind band consortium commission led by Brant Stai and the Sherwood High School Bands, Fear No Music, and flutist Abigail Sperling with generous support of the Oregon Arts Council.

Andrea is a member of the ADJ•ective Composers’ Collective and has enjoyed performances of her works nationally and internationally, by the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, Sound Icon, North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, fEAR no MUSIC, Fire Wire Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Thailand International Composition Festival, 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. Andrea’s music has been recorded by In MulieribusA/B DuoPost-Haste Reed Duo, and Idit Shner.

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/DMA) and University of Oregon (BM). She was the 2018-19 recipient of the Julie Olds and Thomas L. Hellie Faculty Award for Creative Achievement at Linfield College. 

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

The Thaw for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Choir, and Wind Ensemble (2016)

Text: Artis Henderson. Commissioned by Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers who premiered the piece on May 28, 2016 in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, Oregon). The work is dedicated to the memory of University of Oregon mentors Anne Dhu McLucas, Lawrence Maves, Steven Larsen, and Charles Dowd. Read more:

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Wild Silk for Baritone Saxophone, Percussion & Piano (2009)

Commissioned by Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio, who premiered the work during the thirtieth annual Bowling Green State University New Music Festival at Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green, Ohio on October 24, 2009. While composing this work, I found inspiration in the strikingly beautiful and elusive Luna Moth. The form of this piece loosely follows the three stages of its life cycle from egg to caterpillar, pupa, and adult moth. Read more:

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Dos Danzas for Concert Band (2010)

Commissioned by and is dedicated to Miller Asbill and The Texas Tech University Concert Band who premiered the work on April 25, 2010 at Hemmle Recital Hall, Lubbock, Texas. As if emerging from a fog, the first movement, Tangential Tango, is a sultry bitonal dance that utilizes long melodic lines against a pulsing tango rhythm. The two keys are attracted to one another, yet push apart like magnets with the same polarity. Read more:

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