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composer | lyricist | librettist | songwriter


Adam (they/he) is a composer and writer who is passionate about dramatic works but experienced in myriad mediums. They are interested in exploring genres, mixing performance mediums, and radical collaboration.

Their work has been performed at New York Musical Festival (NYMF), The GreenRoom 42, The West End Lounge, A Little New Music, The Maas Building, The Hartt School, Temple University, and more. Their dramatic works have been developed with Roundabout Theatre Company, the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theatre, Theatre Now New York, UNTITLED Musical Project, and more.

Adam has studied composition, lyric writing, and dramatic writing with the likes of Anna K. Jacobs, Sam Carner, Gilda Lyons, Thomas Schuttenheml, and Anne Marie Cammarato. They hold the Abbott M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Collaboration (Composer/Lyricist Concentration) from the George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theatre at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are currently a D.M.A. Composition candidate at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.

dramatic works

All of the pieces below are at various stages of development.

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The Naked Truth

Words & Music by Adam J. Rineer 

Words & Music by Ian B. Connor

Run time: 90 minutes

Cast size: 10

Band size: 5


Sick Moves! (or The Dancing Plague of 1518)

Music & Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book by Jason Aguirre

Run Time: 115 minutes

Cast of 14+

Orchestration (5-8)

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A Trip to the Moon

Music & Text by Adam J. Rineer

Run Time: 90 minutes

Cast size: 12+

Band size: 7


Obscene, Lewd, Lascivious, and Filthy!

Music & Add'l Text by Adam J. Rineer

Text from Case 241 F.2d 772

Run Time: 15 minutes

Cast size: 5 

Band size: 3

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1930s transvestite lieder

Music & Adaptation

by Adam J. Rineer

Cast size: 5+

Band size: 4



Music & Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book by Jason Aguirre

Run Time: 10 minutes

Cast size: 3

Band size: 4



Music & Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book by Rachel Graf Evans

Concept & Direction by Jason Aguirre

Run Time: 90 minutes

Cast size: 12+​

in early development

Bitchfest: LIVE!

Concept, Music, and Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book and Lyrics by Rachel Graf Evans

Originally commissioned by Prima Theatre (Lancaster, PA, USA)

Cast Size: 5

Band Size: 4


  • 2022 - Table Reading, ART/NY, NYC

  • Developed in the UNTITLED Musical Writers Group, NYC

  • Developed in part in the Theatre Now New York Musical Writers Lab, NYC

Public Dominance

Music by Adam J. Rineer

Book and lyrics by Jason Aguirre


  • 2022 - Apollo Space Jam, Roundabout Theatre Company, NYC

  • Developed in the UNTITLED Musical Writers Group, NYC

  • Developed in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

other works

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fixed electronic media

Run time: 9 minutes

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Merce (Season 2)

Musical Webseries

Produced by Skipping Boyz Productions

Contributed songs by Adam J. Rineer

individual works

Delaroche's Execution

in progress

fl., cl., hp., 2 vln., vla., vlc.

Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Escitalopram 10 Mg


fixed media electronics

Duration: 4 minutes, 52 seconds


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fixed media electronics

Duration: 12 minutes, 6 seconds


10226 days, 19 hours, 47 minutes
telecaster noise

RECLAIMING MY CRINGE ERA (or a nightmarish meditation of 53 of my Facebook posts from
the year 2012 that we’re all just gonna have to endure...XD)

2022, in progrress

voice and electronics

Duration: approx. 5 minutes

strange clowns bring great joy  


piano, violin, and cello

Duration: 5 minutes


LEO (JULY 23 -AUG. 22) Seek higher wisdom. Strange clowns bring great joy. 

Key Word: behave


November/December 1999, The Lancaster Inqueery, LGBT-002 Lancaster, PA Activism Collection


LGBT History Project Archives & Special Collections Waidner-Spahr Library


A Gift from the Belmont Funeral Home


voice and piano

Text by Lillian Wonderly

Duration: 5 minutes


  • 2022 - Leaftides: An Evening of Poetry and Song Collaboration Concert,  Wilde Auditorium, The Hartt School

Jeezits I - IV


fixed media electronics

Duration: 2 minutes, 29 seconds


Using text found in the Amazon reviews for Broadman Church Supplies Communion Wafer, Cross Design, 1,000 Count, this fixed media piece is a humorous meditation on the intersection of religious trauma and capitalism. All four movements use my voice exclusively to produce all sounds, manipulated through pitch and time flexing.

Rhiannon's Suite


piano, synthesizer, and percussion

for The Handmaid Rhiannon, a play by Rachel Graf Evans


From Rachel Graf Evans: “Daphne thinks she's been summoned to the Palace for a Princess eligibility contest she's unlikely to win. Eloïse, meanwhile, thinks she's meeting, greeting, and dressing her future Queen for the Royal Wedding. A sweet one-act about two young women who form an unlikely bond as they navigate the messy waters of expectation, duty, and how to love.”

With a scene description of "some distant yet eerily familiar era, like feeling déjà vu tomorrow," this score pulls sounds from past and present to create an unsettling landscape for this unrequited queer love story.


  • 2020 - National Coming Out Day Short Play Festival, Virtual

Elements of Capture I - IV


fixed media electronics

Duration: 5 minutes

Lapsed for a Moment


flute and piano

Duration: approx. 2 minutes, 15 seconds


  • 2013 - Messiah University

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