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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. Click on a project to learn more about it. To inquire about licensing click here.

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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

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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

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BrandedTM!

Music & Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book by Rachel Graf Evans

Concept & Direction by Jason Aguirre

Run Time: 90 minutes

Cast size: 12+​

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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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Ghosted

Music & Lyrics by Adam J. Rineer

Book by Jason Aguirre

Run Time: 10 minutes

Cast size: 3

Band size: 4

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) primatheatre.org

Cast Size: 5

Band Size: 4

History:

  • 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

History:

  • 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

Click on the images below to learn more about these pieces.

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Introspections

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

Escitalopram 10 Mg

2022

fixed media electronics

Duration: 4 minutes, 52 seconds

Description:

Escitalopram (marketed as Lexapro) is included in the class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This class of drugs is used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program, using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

(X)CCXXVI 

2022

fixed media electronics

Duration: 12 minutes, 6 seconds

Description:

10226 days, 19 hours, 47 minutes
telecaster noise
[28]

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  

2022

piano, violin, and cello

Duration: 5 minutes

Description:

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

Performances:

A Gift from the Belmont Funeral Home

2022

voice and piano

Text by Lillian Wonderly

Duration: 5 minutes

Performances:

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

Jeezits I - IV

202

fixed media electronics

Duration: 2 minutes, 29 seconds

Description:

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

2020

piano, synthesizer, and percussion

for The Handmaid Rhiannon, a play by Rachel Graf Evans

Description:

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.

Performances:

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

Elements of Capture I - IV

2019

fixed media electronics

Duration: 5 minutes

Lapsed for a Moment

2013

flute and piano

Duration: approx. 2 minutes, 15 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

Performances:

  • 2013 - Messiah University