Alexa Rinn is a Chicago-based composer of contemporary classical music. Her love of indie rock, shoegaze, and other heavy genres of popular music deeply informs her compositional process and her timbral and structural explorations. In Rinn’s current and recent projects, she aims to access the visceral immediacy that popular music has always had for her, with a feeling of no separation between sound source and listener.
Her works have been performed and/or recorded by ensembles such as Unassisted Fold, Omnibus Ensemble, SONAR Ensemble, Quartetto Maurice, Occasional Symphony, Symphony Number One, and the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra, as well as at festivals such as New Music On the Point, the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference, Highscore Festival, and the Norfolk New Music Workshop.
Rinn received her DMA and MM degrees in composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Michael Hersch. She received her BM in composition and music theory from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she studied with Rodney Lister, Samuel Headrick, and Ketty Nez.