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REUTER, Rocky J. (Dubuque, IA, May 4, 1956-- ). Dr. Reuter was born in Dubuque. His family lived on Rhomberg Avenue approximately a year before moving to Potosi, Wisconsin and finally to Platteville, Wisconsin where he grew up and eventually went to UW-P. (1)

According to his website, he began sound experiments at the age of four and noted his first songs in 1968 while in the 8th grade. By 1970 his interests had spread to allied arts: visual art, film, media, acting, architecture, and woodworking. His first composition & multi-media premiered in 1971 while his first job as an arranger came in 1976. (2)

He performed two undergraduate composition recitals as part of his BS MusEd and two more for his post MMME. (3)

Internationally, Dr. Reuter was the only composer invited to represent America at the 1996 Budapest Őszi (Autumn) Fesztivál. He has also served as Guest Lecturer/Composer/Performer at the Miscolz Arts Festival in Hungary and the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany. He has been the Guest Lecturer/Composer at the Liszt Academy and the Zoltán Kodály Institute in Hungary and the Shen Yang Conservatory of Music in China. Reuter has created original works in the electronic studios of the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden and the Budapest National Radio at the invitation of the studio directors. In addition, his music has been performed in Saudia Arabia. Reuter served as the keynote speaker for the Technology Institute for Music Educators Asian Conference in Singapore. He is co-author of "Electronic Musical Instruments" in the book Technology Guide for Music Educators (Thompson, Boston, 2005). He composed the electronic score for Metafable – on Computer Animations Classics DVD (1986, see IMDb). (4)

In the United States, Dr. Reuter received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been a member of several composition societies, including the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), for which he served as co-director of the society's largest region for eight years, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). He served as Composer-in-Residence and Guest Composer/Lecturer/Performer at a number of university and new music events and festivals including Butler University, Drake University, and Plymouth State University. For the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) he served on the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and chaired/organized seven of their national annual conferences, plus multiple regional conferences. For the Association for Technology in Music Education (ATMI), Dr. Rueter served as Vice President and chaired/served on five national conference committees. He has also served as a keynote speaker for the College Music Society's Midwestern Regional Conference. (5)

In Ohio, Dr. Reuter served as Co-Director of OSU Composers Workshop and the Concert Manager of ASUC at the 1984 National Conference. Reuter received an Individual Artist Fellowship for Composition from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. He also was recognized as Outstanding Alumni Composer by the Ohio State University College of the Arts School of Music at their 2001 New Music Festival. Dr. Reuter served as a guest resident composer at select Ohio public schools and as chair of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Conference Technology Committee four times. He has served as the keynote speaker for regional conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association. (6)

Dr. Reuter's thirty-year career at the Capital University's Conservatory of Music included far-ranging and challenging assignments. He wrote commissions for three presidential inaugurations; was the primary architect of the Conservatory’s degrees BM in composition, BM in music technology, and BA in music technology; and was co-creator of the current BA in Music degree. Dr. Reuter served as Interim Dean of the Conservatory of Music and Assistant Dean of the Conservatory of Music and School of Communication; Head of the Composition, Music Technology, and Conservatory Core Departments; and Vice Chair of the Undergraduate Faculty Governance and Chair of the University Senate. He served the institution in multiple capacities as a technology specialist and committee member. In addition to acoustic, electronic and electro-acoustic composition, he taught courses in the Music Tech and Business Areas and remains the Music Technology Internship Coordinator. In his early career, he taught all levels of music theory and studio trombone. He attained the rank Professor Emeritus on May 13, 2016.

Dr. Reuter was the founder of Ensemble Now, a contemporary music and improvisation ensemble; the MIDI Band, established in 1987 as the first all-MIDI ensemble in the nation; and NOW MUSIC Festival @ Capital University, one of the most diverse festivals of contemporary music in the Midwest. (7)

Rocky J. Reuter: B•LO, for bari sax and two contrabasses---https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UThgcTFWpYI

Rocky J. Reuter: ... and between the storms i slept ... Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=755NckFPB7o



1. Reuter, Rocky J. email, October 31, 2017

2. Rocky J. Reuter-Composer. Online: http://rreuter.wixsite.com/reutermusic

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid.

7. "Biography," Capital University. Online: http://www.capital.edu/Academics/Faculty/Rocky-J--Reuter/