Jerod Reetz

Biography

Dr. Jerod Reetz's excitement and compassion for music is reflected in his performing and teaching. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  he currently maintains a private studio in Springbrook, Wisconsin, and is an active performer and composer of sacred and secular music in the Spooner/Hayward/Shell Lake/Stone Lake region. 

As a composer, baritone and countertenor (altist), harpist, and collaborative pianist, Reetz enjoys collaborating with schools, religious organizations, and more in the northland, offering his skills for special occasions, services, weddings, and much more, and is willing to travel to perform for events. 

 Reetz currently studies voice and keyboard with Jerrad Fenske, and harp with Karen Atz. He was the 2016 Rupp Cooper Harp Scholarship recipient. Recent notable performances include singing at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Chapel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and performing as harpist with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. 

 Reetz received his D.M.A. in Composition with a minor in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied under Stephen Dembski and John Schaffer. He completed his M.F.A. in Composition at CalArts, where he studied under Anne LeBaron and Karen Tanaka, and his B.M. in Composition at Cardinal Stritch University, where he studied under Daniel Maske. He is currently completing his IT - Computer Networking certificate. 

 Reetz's compositional focus lies in writing for chamber orchestra, opera, dance, choir, chamber ensemble, and soloist. His interest in interdisciplinary collaborative projects has led him to work with dancers, fine artists, character animators, fashion designers, and more. He is the 2017 Peter Sheridan Low Flutes Opportunity Award recipient for composition and music education, awarded by the Madison Flute Club. In 2015, he was commissioned by president of World Dance Alliance-Americas, Jin-Wen Yu, dean of the Dance department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, to write music for the finale piece, Play à Pose, in the department's faculty concert, BREATH. In 2014, he was commissioned by the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, and wrote a work titled, I Will Be There Tomorrow, for their summer music concert series. He received a Diversity Grant in 2013 from CalArts for his composition, Embrace.  In 2011, he was awarded the Bro. Rufino Zaragoza, OFM Music Composition Award by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Milwaukee, WI, for his sacred works. 

 Reetz’s musicological and theoretical research extends to: musical temporality; music and movement; countertenor; pedal harp; "queering" music. He is a DAAD Research Grant recipient. He traveled to Germany in June of 2016 to interview countertenor scholars there - his resultant article, "Contemporary Perspectives on the Countertenor: Interviews with Kai Wessel, Corinna Herr, Arnold Jacobshagen, and Matthias Echternach," is to be published the Journal of Singing in an upcoming issue. The article provides scholarship on the vocal mechanism, history and pedagogy of/for the voice type. He also received the College Music Society Award for Outstanding Paper at the Great Lakes Regional Conference 2016 for his paper, "Engaging Musical Text Settings with Queer Theory: Queering George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children and Apparition." 

     
  Jerod Reetz