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STEVEN REINEKE is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and serves as Music Associate and Principal Arranger/Composer of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Recognized as the sound of the Cincinnati Pops, Reineke’s 100+ arrangements for that orchestra have been performed worldwide. In addition to his work for the Cincinnati Pops, Reineke has written and arranged for pops conductors Doc Severinsen, Jack Everly, and Michael Krajewski. Reineke’s arrangements can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops recordings on the Telarc label and have been broadcast nationally by PBS.
A protégé of the legendary pops conductor Erich Kunzel, Reineke has made recent guest-conducting appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Edmonton. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in April 2008, conducting the New York Pops’ 25th Birthday Gala. In 2007, he made his Hollywood Bowl debut with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady. In addition, Reineke conducted, arranged, and orchestrated the music for Brady’s new orchestral show that debuted in October 2007 with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In 2006, he collaborated with rock legend Peter Frampton as conductor, arranger, and orchestrator for Frampton’s orchestral show.
Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in the United States and Canada. In 2005 his Festival Te Deum and Swans Island Sojourn were performed by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops, respectively. The Cincinnati Enquirer had this to say about Festival Te Deum: “Melodious and joyous, it had antiphonal brass in the balconies, organ, full orchestra, and wonderful choral passages.” In 2007 he began work on a new American overture celebrating the history of the United States. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician with college and high school bands.
A native of Ohio, Steven Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, receiving two Bachelor of Music degrees, with honors, in both trumpet performance and music composition. He resides in Cincinnati.