…and then the Universe exploded! – My piece for concert band, “…and then the Universe exploded“, is being performed all over the country, several times this Spring! Check out my upcoming performances to see if you can come out to hear this joyful, bombastic piece!
Grad school! – In May, I left my 8-year adjunct percussion position at Reinhardt University, to go formally study Composition. I’m now in my first year at UW-Milwaukee (in my home state of Wisconsin!). It’s never too late to pursue what you love, and to try and make a better life for yourself. AHOY!
Olivia Kieffer is an American composer, percussionist, and educator. She is former adjunct music faculty at Reinhardt University (2009 – 2017), where she taught Applied Lessons and World Music, and directed the Percussion Ensemble. She has degrees in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Allen Otte and the Percussion Group Cincinnati; and Georgia State University, studying with Stockhausen specialist Stuart Gerber. She currently studies composition independently with Marc Mellits, and with Jonathan Monhardt at UW-Milwaukee, where she is working on a Master’s degree in Composition. She has studied engraving independently with Douwe Eisenga.
Most recently, Olivia was Composer in Residence at the Mana Saxophone Institute. In January 2018, she finished “From Your Mouth to God’s Ear” (for Ann Yi; piano/toy piano with electronics), and “Pop Rock in Metal” (for a consortium of saxophone quartets). Performances on the way!