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Robert Reinhart is a composer originally from Danville, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois in 1998, a Master of Arts in Music Composition from San Francisco State University in 2002, and a Doctor of Music in Composition from Northwestern University in 2008. In addition to teaching at SFSU, Northwestern, and various community music organizations, his background also includes bassoon and voice performance, conducting, music theater instruction, and early music studies. His composition instructors have included Paul Martin Zonn, Zack Browning, Ron Caltabiano, Amy Williams, and Jay Alan Yim, as well as shorter-term instruction with Salvatore Martirano, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and Josh Levine. He has also participated in various masterclasses with composers including Tristan Murail, Christian Lauba, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnik, Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, and Oliver Knussen.
In 2003 Reinhart was the first place award winner in the graduate division of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Music Composition Contest for his composition Sextet. This piece was also selected for performance at the Music03 festival held at the University of Cincinnati, as well as by the ERM label for inclusion in their Masterworks of the New Era recording series. Reinhart’s trio Lucifer, Angel of Light was featured in 2004 at the Czech-American Summer Music Festival in Prague, and his Praeludium was honored by ASCAP in the 2005 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. More recently, his solo Saque-boute was premiered by trombonist Mike Svoboda in the Alice S. Millar Chapel in Evanston, Illinois, and in 2010 Reinhart presented “Quarter-Tone Vocal Music: Strategies for Composers and Performers” as part of the Open Space series for the Darmstadt International Summer Course in New Music. Reinhart is currently the Coordinator of Sophomore Theory and Aural Skills at Northwestern as well as an adjunct lecturer in composition at Columbia College Chicago.