Bio

NEWS!

Saxophone Quartet Consortium! – I’m going to write a crazy saxophone quartet and the consortium is still open until August 20. If you or your quartet are interested in taking part in this piece or want more information, please email me! 

The 2nd Edition of my Toy Piano Book is out! – For real! “The Texture of Activity”, 2nd Edition. It was edited and revised in tandem with Douwe Eisenga, and these 55 short solos are off the chain so come and get it! 

Lots of commissions this summer! – Heck! I recently finished a soprano saxophone & piano duet for Michael Hernandez, I’m writing a percussion solo for Nathaniel Gworek, and a flute & percussion duet for Kathryn Hendrickson Eagles and Christopher Eagles. I’ve also taken on some projects of my own, including a classical guitar duet for my Reinhardt colleagues, Matt Anderson and Nic Deuson. 

Grad school! – In May, I left my 8-year adjunct percussion position at Reinhardt University, to go formally study Composition. I’ll be 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. School starts in September. 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 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 also performed regularly with Terminus Ensemble and Bent Frequency, and is co-director of the Reinhardt Contemporary Arts Festival as well as Atlanta’s SoundNOW Festival. Olivia served on the Music committee at Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery for 2 years, 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, neoPhonia, toy pianist Amy O’Dell, percussionists Brandon Dodge and Nathaniel Gworek, tubist Bill Pritchard, pianist Marvin Rosen, and the Italian chamber ensemble Piccola Accademia Degli Specchi
Olivia collaborates regularly with composers William Susman and Douwe Eisenga, and often arranges + performs their music, as well as the music of Marc Mellits. 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 currently studies composition independently with Marc Mellits.
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. Olivia will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a Master’s degree in Music Composition, in September. 

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My newest ongoing project – A 2nd book of toy piano solos: “Playing the Changes”.