Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke
Background information
Born September 14, 1970
Tipp City, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation(s) Conductor and Composer
Instruments trumpet, piano
Years active 1995-present

Steven Reineke (born September 14, 1970) is a conductor, composer, and arranger from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the Music Director of The New York Pops. He currently resides in New York City.


Reineke was born in 1970 in Tipp City, Ohio and developed an interest in his musical talents at an early age on the trumpet. At age fifteen, he taught himself how to play the piano. He continued his trumpet studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, receiving two Bachelor of Music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.


Steven Reineke started his tenure as Music Director of The New York Pops in the 2009-2010 season. Mr. Reineke conducts the orchestra’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall as well as tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy’s 4 July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC Television.

Reineke was appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and began his first season in 2011/12. He also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for fifteen years he served as a composer, arranger and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.

In 2009 he made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra débuts, and made his Asian début conducting the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 Mr. Reineke made his Carnegie Hall début conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Reineke conducted, arranged and orchestrated the music for Brady’s orchestral show and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton.


Title[1] Published Grade Length Description
Celebration Fanfare 2008 Advanced 4:33
Defying Gravity 2004 3.5 5:12 Depicts adventures in the sky above the clouds and fighting their way through a turbulent storm.
Fate of the Gods 2001 4 8:22 Based on the tales from the Nordic mythology.
Goddess of Fire 2006 4.5 9:59 Sets place in Hawaii and depicts a powerful woman Pele, the Goddess of the volcanoes.
Heaven's Light 2004 3.5 3:55 Creates a signal of light of heaven through melodies from the clarinets and flutes.
Hopetown Holiday 1998 3.5 5:24 An exhilarating piece revolving around the journey to the Indicas Reef.
In the Temple of Zion 1997 3.5 5:44 Sets place in Utah with a theme of the Zion National Park.
Into the Raging River 1999 4 7:30 Shows adventures of the white-colored river on a water-rafting trip.
Main Street Celebration 2002 3.5 5:30 Following the tour through the town on the Main Street.
Merry Christmas, Everyone! 2007 3.5 5:19 Contains a medley of classic Christmas songs.
Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons 2002 4.5 10:06 Depicts travelers climbing up the mountain of Pilatus in Switzerland, in hopes to search for dragons.
Portrait of Freedom 2002 4 6:29
Rise of the Firebird 2001 4 2:33 Energetic fanfare representing the firebird.
River of Life 1995 4 4:48 Creates a melody that sounds like a flow of a relaxing river.
Sedona 2000 3.5 5:36
Swans Island Sojourn 1996 3.5 6:02
Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising Mvt. I: City of Gold 2007 5 8:28 Introduces the city of San Francisco and what the city will look like in the 20th century.
Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising Mvt. II: Nocturne 2007 5 6:37 Tells us of the city that sleeps at the night of April 17, 1906 before the imminent earthquake on the next day.
Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising Mvt. III: And the Earth Trembled 2007 5 9:32 Shows the climax of the city during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake at 5:12 A.M. on April 18, 1906.
Symphony No. 1: New Day Rising Mvt. IV: New Day Rising 2007 5 7:13 Depicts the rebuilding of the shattered remains of the city and a day of new hope in the future.
Towards a New Horizon 2007 3.5 6:08 Commissioned by the town of Shoreview, Minnesota, to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Where Eagles Soar 2003 3.5 4:10 Depicts the freedom of the soaring eagle.
The Witch and the Saint 2004 5 10:22 Conveys the story of the lives of the twin sisters Helena and Sibylla in Germany in 1598.


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