Bio

NEWS!

…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!

Current Compositions in progress! 

a piece for Occasional Noise (trombone, piano, percussion)

a soprano/alto sax solo for Matt Hess

a string quartet

 

 

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 GerberShe 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.
She feels at home in both the classical and rock worlds, and was an active performer in Atlanta’s vibrant contemporary classical music scene, including her work as bandleader and drummer for the chamber rock band Clibber Jones Ensemble. She is a long-time member of the Chix With Stix Percussion Group, and was timpanist for the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra. She also performed regularly with Terminus Ensemble and Bent Frequency, and 2015-2017 was co-director of the Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival and Atlanta’s SoundNOW Festival, as well as serving on the Music committee at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery, where she curated the Composer’s Concert Series.
As a composer, she has enjoyed performances by many ensembles and soloists, including the Mana Saxophone Orchestra; the A/B Duo; GremlinsDuo; BF Duo; Terminus Ensemble; toy pianists Amy O’Dell, Stacey Barelos, Drew Dolan, and Robert Fleitz; percussionists Colleen Phelps and Nathaniel Gworek, pianist Marvin Rosen, and the Italian chamber ensemble Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi
In the fall of 2016, she performed a recital of minimalist and postminimalist keyboard percussion works, featuring her “10 Short Pieces for Solo Vibraphone“, plus world premieres by William Susman, Brian Kozaczek, and Francesco Di Fiore. She gives masterclasses on “the Toy Piano as a Compositional Tool”, and “Good Vibes: Getting Your Music Out There”.
Her projects and compositions have been highlighted in ArtsAtl, TomTom Magazine, the Atlanta Creative Music podcast, the A/B Duo blog, WABE-FM (90.1), New Music Conflagration, Eyedrum Periodically, listening to ladies, and Music, Polyphony, and Polyrhythm
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! 

My newest project – Texture of Activity videos!