Andrea Reinkemeyer


Andrea Reinkemeyer on the beauty of detail, adventures in linguistic misunderstandings, and choosing your mentors carefully.

Photo by Dana Linnane

The music of American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer has been described as, “haunting,” “clever, funky, jazzy and virtuosic” (Detroit Free Press, Schenectady Daily Gazette); it explores the intersection of the visual, aural and natural worlds through lush melodic lines and textures teeming with new timbres and churning rhythmic figures.

Her music has been performed both nationally and internationally, by the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, North-South Chamber Orchestra, 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.

Dr. Reinkemeyer enjoys exploring music with students of all ages. In 2014, she joined the faculty of Linfield College as Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory. 

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


Wrought Iron begins at 00:37 and is excerpted again at the close of the episode at 20:22. Performed by A/B Duo (Meerenai Shim - Flute, Christopher G. Jones - percussion) from their album “Variety Show” on the Aerocade Music label.  

Wild Silk begins at 7:15. Commissioned by Jeffrey Heisler for The Primary Colors Trio: Jeffrey Heisler, saxophone; Isabelle Huang, percussion; I-Chen Yeh, piano

The Thaw begins at 11:22. Commissioned by Rodney Dorsey for the University Singers
and Oregon Wind Ensemble. Carolyn Quick, soprano; Cole Blume, tenor; University Singers (Sharon Paul, director); Oregon Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, director); Rodney Dorsey, conductor.

Things Heard, Misunderstood begins at 14:59. Performed by Wisuwat Pruksavanich on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Concert IX, Siam of the Saxophone Quartet Thailand International Composition Festival (TICF) MACM, Mahidol University College of Music.

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