Rocky Reuter

Rocky Reuter

Dr. Rocky J. Reuter (b. 1956) composes music for a vast array of acoustic and electronic ensembles in a myriad of styles, using varied and unique techniques. He is the recipient of numerous commissions nationally and internationally, received an Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence in Composition, received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, was the only American composer invited to the 1996 Budapest Autumn Festival and the Miscolz Arts Festival in Hungary, served as Guest Lecturer/Composer/Performer at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany, and in 2005 was invited as Composer/Lecturer to Shen Yang Conservatory of Music in China. He has created original works in the electronic studios of the Hochschule für Musik and the Budapest National Radio at the invitation of the studio directors, and is the co-author of “Electronic Musical Instruments” in the Technology Guide for Music Educators (Thompson, Boston, 2005).

Reuter was born in Dubuque, Iowa, where his family lived on Rhomberg Avenue. Within his first year, the family moved to Potosi, Wisconsin, and eventually settled in Platteville, WI, where he completed his schooling and graduated from UW–Platteville with a degree in music education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education from James Madison University and a doctorate in composition from The Ohio State University. Thirty years of teaching at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, followed, including teaching composition, theory, technology, and business courses at the Conservatory of Music. He created four music degree programs and served as Interim Dean and Assistant Dean of the Conservatory of Music and School of Communication, as well as Head of the Composition, Music Technology, and Conservatory Core Departments.

Beyond Capital, Reuter served as co-chair of the Society for Composers’ largest region for eight years. In addition, he served on the Technology Institute for Music Educators’ Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, and chaired and organized seven of their national annual conferences, plus multiple regional conferences; for the Association for Technology in Music Education he served as Vice President and chaired or served on five national and international conference committees; and for the Ohio Music Education Association he chaired the music technology committee of the state conference three times. In addition, he served as the keynote speaker for regional conferences of The College Music Society, the Ohio Music Education Association, and the Technology Institute for Music Educators—Asia, in Singapore.

Rocky and his wife, Judy (from Bloomington, WI), raised two talented and professional children, RJ and Dustin. Since his retirement in 2016, he is recognized as Professor Emeritus at Capital University, continues his active composition profession, and is currently building unique frames for RJ’s SlowGlo Photography “light painting” artwork.    •

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