Michael RihnerMusic: Theory, Composition, History, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Combos Jazz
Receiving his B.A. from the University of New Orleans and M.M. from Louisiana State University, Michael Rihner studied jazz music with Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste and classical composition and theory with Jerry Sieg and Thomas Mitts, while at UNO. He studied with Matthew Brown, Steve Beck and Dinos Constantinides while earning his Master of Music degree at LSU. Rihner has been teaching in the NOCCA Music Department since 1997. He taught music theory for five years at Loyola University College of Music, six years at Delgado Community College, and two years at Louisiana State University as a graduate assistant. Rihner is currently the Music Composition professor at the University of New Orleans. Rihner has received several composition awards, including the Southeastern Composers League Classical Composition Award and the Louisiana Jazz Composers Award sponsored in part by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation via Musicians for Music. He has worked as a studio musician, producer, and arranger for many years at Festival Recordings Studios in Kenner LA, performing on dozens of various local recordings. Rihner currently sings part-time with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and is also currently an active member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus. He has composed, performed, and produced several original compact discs of his own modern jazz works, performing several times with his fusion jazz group “Rhino” at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as many other notable local music venues. Rihner has also composed several full-scale orchestral suites and symphonic works, including the “New Orleans Suite” which was performed at world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York by GNOYO in 2009. During the summer months, Rihner is the Entertainment Director and performs nightly in the historic hotels and lodges of Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana.