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Press Reviews

“The seven pieces comprising COVER are that rare lush gray area where the cerebral and the naturally simply beautiful not only coexist, but dance around as lovers do.”
--Primetime A&E

“Belinda Reynolds’ beautiful, spirited CIRCA serves as a …manifesto- artful minimalist counterpoint clothed in the transparent textures of Baroque chamber music…”
Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle

“Belinda Reynolds’ Interference Patterns was a ravishing interlude of soft harmonics with a destination clearly in sight. The piece was an island of contemplation in a sea of busyness.”
Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner

“Belinda Reynolds’ opener, CIRCA, is a sensuous textural experiment…”
Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times

“The most entertaining essay was Belinda Reynolds’ Over and Out, which diffracted a dance like pattern…through a continual variety of meters and tempos with a convincing sense of direction.”
Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

“Reynolds’ music stands out…for its elegant polish, the persuasive pacing of its metamorphosis, the complete absence of false steps or miscalculations.”
Kyle Gann, CHAMBER MUSIC MAGAZINE

“…Reynolds's works strategically use receptive, often intricate rhythmic structures to elicit a wide ran of emotional responses, from disorientation and melancholy to coy delight.”
Molly Sheridan, Time Out New York

“It is this flair for personification that allows Belinda Reynolds to surpass all of the minimalist imitators and enter a class of her own
-- Carol Minor Sequenza 21

“There should be a better term than "post-minimalist" for this music, which absorbs the repetitive interlocking patterns and harmonic simplicity of Philip Glass into a varied design, rich in contrast.
The Nashville Music Scene

“California composer Belinda Reynolds's "Turns"…proved quite charismatic with its singing lines and warm texture.”
Jim Lowe Times Argus

“Turning classical music on its edge might be a good definition for the labels used to categorize Reynolds's works.”
Olivia Boler, Noe Valley Voice

“Another particularly beautiful work was California composer Belinda Reynolds's "Dust". [written in memorial of 9/11]. The lament, made striking by its quiet dissonance, is austere and forlorn.”
Jim Lowe, Times Argus

“These duets are reflective of contemporary musical styles and at the same time are pedagogical in nature. They are playful and creative.”
Caroline Fraser, American Suzuki Journal

“Alto flute and piano intertwine…as diaphanous as chiffon and as gently floating in Belinda Reynolds’ SHARE.”
Carol Furtwangler, The Post and Courier

“Reynold’s PLAY for piano and marimba … came along as a welcomed intermezzo relief from the intensities surrounding it.”
Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Classical Voice

“Belinda Reynolds'’ COVER… showed a strong command of ensemble writing and the gradual building of texture. The piece closed with a refreshing and humorous perfect cadence..."
--Ken Durling, San Francisco Classical Voice,

“Smart, funny…the music draws on minimalism as though it were already a relic for rediscovery…The results are deeply enjoyable.”
Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle

“Multitudinous Verses …made an almost “romantic” impression, with long phrases and great expression…creating miniatures of luring sensuality. How beautiful electronic music can sound!”
Westfälische Nachrichten

“Reynolds made full use of the character of each instrument, adding touches of both rustic and refined joviality. The end result was some of the most forward music of the evening.”
Thomas Goss, 20TH CENTURY MUSIC

Over and Out by Belinda Reynolds featured a kaleidoscopic development of a series of lines and fragments…sort of like a hip ‘Moldau’.”
Steve Metcalf, The Hartford Courant

“Belinda Reynolds’ Initiation, was original…For all this aggressive propulsion… the music is strangely calming.”
Gwendolyn Freed, New Haven Register

“Belinda Reynolds’ Multitudinous Verses’ multilayered harmonies were sensuous and gentle, evocative at times of the gamelan…its mood was poignant and compelling.”
Rocky Lepin, The Montclarion

“Belinda Reynolds’ Weave was as rigorously structured as a Bach invention…”
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

Student Testimonials

Belinda is an absolutely amazing composition teacher. I studied with her for many years, and she is the reason I was accepted into a Master's program for composition. She's incredibly supportive, patient, and non-judgmental. She will never try to write your piece for you, but rather has a wonderful talent for helping you craft your piece in your own voice. I always left the lesson inspired and excited to write more music. She's also great with younger students, and has fun ideas of how to incorporate creative compositional ideas into her lessons, whether they be for theory, composition, or piano. Highly recommend!
Julie Barwick

As a teacher, creative partner and source of inspiration, Belinda's expertise extends far beyond musicianship and composition, into the vast realm of possibility. Deeply reflective about the creative process itself, Belinda understands students intuitively, deeply and compassionately, which enables her to manifest the best possible conditions for learning and progress. Never heavy-handed, Belinda gently and productively nudges students toward mapping their own musical narrative. Her unspoken principle? Even the most humble, novice student has a musical story to tell. Belinda's genius is in creating space for them to tell that story. Lesson after lesson, Belinda displays an unwavering, joyful belief in her students' potential. As she leads students through the process of discovery in composition, Belinda brings precision, a uniquely fine ear, high standards and, perhaps most important, a sense of excitement in what students have to offer, now and into their futures. The power of Belinda's instruction stays with you long after the lessons end, and is truly life-changing.
Kim Green

Belinda is a fantastic teacher. She has decades of experience as both a published composer and as a master teacher. Her lessons are full of inspiration and practical suggestions. My son has studied with Belinda for over five years and he has blossomed under her tutelage. Their lessons together include composition, theory, editing and revision, and listening to music. We give Belinda the highest recommendation.
Sigrid Anderson-Kwun

Belinda lives and breathes music and truly embodies in her life all the inspiring principles she teaches. She’s kind, patient, funny and very supportive. She helped me get over my childhood resistance to playing the piano and showed me a whole new approach to composing that feels engaging, fulfilling and sustainable. I just want to keep learning more! Warmly recommended!
Anna Seva


Awards - Grants - Prizes

ASCAP Standard Award

SF Arts Commission Grant

Margaret Jory Fairbank

Copying Assistance Grant

ASCAP Standard Award

Jim and Jeanne Newman Fellowship

California Association of Professional Music Teachers Commissioning Award

Mary Flagler Charitable Trust Commissioning Grant

Meet the Composer Grant

Meet the Composer Grant

Mary Flagler Charitable Trust Recording Grant

American Composers Forum

Performance Incentive Fund

Zellerbach Fund

International League of Women Composers- New Music

Meet the Composer-New England Foundation for the Arts Grant

Charles Finch Dalton

Memorial Prize- Yale University

University of California Equal Opportunity Fellowship

DeLorenzo Prize in Music Composition- UC Berkeley

UC Regents’ Eisner Prize for the Creative Arts

NACUSA Young Composers Competition

CMTA Composition Competition- 1st Prize

Commissions

2023 EXCAVATE
Multimedia 
UT Austin Percussion Ensemble - Commission by Thomas Burritt

2023 OFTEN
OCCO Chamber Orchestra

2022 ECHOS
ECHO Chamber Orchestra

2022 TEN PIECES FOR TRUMPET
CUSTOM MADE MUSIC, PRB Prds

2021 SHARP
North American Early Keyboards Society

2021 WORDS
NAC 2021, for video, tape,  and piano

2020 PUSH
Amalia Miler, guitar

2020 TEN PIECES FOR CELLO
PRB Productions

2020 NERVE
Mana Saxophone Quartet

2019 SECRET
David and Holly Nadal Duo

2019 INTENTION
Yuri Liberzon, guitarist

2018 GEOMETRY
PRB Productions

2018 STORIES
Sergio Puccini, guitar

2017 THE TV ON THE CURB/HUSBANDS
Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

2018 FIVE QUARTETS FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR
CUSTOM MADE MUSIC, PRB Prds

2016 STEPS
Kathleen Supové, piano

2015 RED PIANO
Zev Wasserman, clarinet

2014 EDGES
Mobius Trio

2013 SIX WORKS FOR Bb CLARINET
CUSTOM MADE MUSIC, PRB

2010 OPEN
BANFF and Common Sense Composers

2009 BEGIN
David Tanenbaum and the SFCM

2009 The New Metropolis 
Torrice Productions, Documentary film

2008 CIRCLES
Bill Ryan & GVSU New Music Ensemble

2008 BRIDGES
SF Chamber Orchestra

2007 PATH
CSCC and the Robin Cox Ensemble

2007 Thirty through 5 x 8
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

2004 SPIRALS
Citywinds & Melody of China

2004 CROSSINGS
Marin & Boulder Youth Symphonies

2003 REMEMBERENCE
Barbwired Music Project

2003 SECRETS
ELEKTRA!

2003 PLAY
Teresa McCollough, piano

2003 SHARE
Essential Music and Common Sense

2002 CONVERGENCE- Guitar Concerto
The National Symphony & Sergio Puccini, in Argentina

2002 JUST BETWEEN US
Wireworks

2002 STARRY THINGS
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

2001 DUST
Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble

2001 ALPHABET SOUP
New Millennium Ensemble

2000 DUETS for TODAY
Lubbock Music Teachers Association

2000 TURNS
CAPMT/ MTNA

1999 THREAD
Dartmouth College-Hopkins Center

1998 SOLACE
American Baroque Ensemble

1998 SARA's GRACE
Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire

1997 WEAVE
Meridian Arts Ensemble

1996 COVER
Continuum Contemporary Music

1996 BETWEEN YOU AND ME
Twisted Tutu

1995 CIRCA-  for Baroque  ensemble
American Baroque Ensemble

1995 YAWP-  for solo guitar
Kithara Editions and David Nadal

1995 COMING AROUND
Alternate Currents Performance Ensemble

1994 OVER AND OUT - for chamber ensemble
Common Sense Composers’ Collective

1994 MAKING MISCHIEF
Clintonville School, Chorus and Computers

1993 INSIDE OUT - for two pianos
Lubbock Music Teachers Association

1993 IN AND OUT - for frame drums and oboe
Robert Falvo and Alicia Chapman

1993 The Year of the Woman‑ for live electronics
Educational Center for the Arts Dance Co.

1992 MULTITUDIOUS VERSES - for soprano and live electronics
CNMAT

Residencies

2023 Djerassi Colony Winter Artist in Residence

2015 Michigan State University

2010 Music Alive USA Panelist

2007-08 Meet the Composer Short Residency

2003 Blueprint Festival, Guest Composer

2003 Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC -Artist in Residence

2003 Festival of New American Music-Composer-in-Residence

2003 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center –Chamber Music Beginnings Outreach Program

2002 CSUS New American Music Festival – Judging Panelist, Composition Competition

2002 San Francisco Conservatory - Composer in Residence, Community Outreach Program

2001 The MacDowell Colony - Artist in Residence

2001 Santa Clara New Music Festival - Guest Composer

2001 The Djerassi Colony - Artist in Residence

2001 California Association of Professional Music Teachers Conference - Guest Composer

2000 Spoletto Festival USA –- Guest Composer

1999 Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College- Visiting Composer in Residence and Guest Artist

1998 Bowdoin College- Visiting Lecturer and Composer in Residence

1998 San Francisco Conservatory of Music- Guest Lecturer and Composer

1997 Djerassi Foundation- Judging Panelist for 1998 Artists in Residence Fellowships

1997 University of California, Berkeley- Guest Lecturer

1997 California Association of Professional Music Teachers - State Judge

1996 The Banff Centre for the Arts- Artist in Residence

1996 Imagine ‘96 Festival, Memphis, TN- Guest Composer

1995 Chamber Music America Conference- Guest Panelist and Composer

1994 Atlantic Center for the Arts- Artist in Residence

1994 Bowdoin Summer Music Festival- Composition participant

1994 2nd Festival of New American Music,  Bates College, ME- Guest Composer

1994 Clintonville Elementary School- Meet the Composer in Residence

1991 June in Buffalo- Composition Participant

1991 Music Festival of Aspen- Center for Compositional Studies- Composition Fellow

1990 The American Conservatory at Fontainebleu- Composition Participant

Selected Recordings

2022 SECRET
New Focus Recordings

2019 SPARK
Innova Recordings

2012 BEGIN
GSP Recordings/Pacific Guitar Ensemble

2007 COMING AROUND– TIC
Albany Recordings

2006 COVER
Innova Recordings

2005 WITH BRICKS THROWN AT YA
Seventh Chapter Recordings

2003 CIRCA‑ THE SHOCK OF THE OLD
Santa Fe New Music (Harmonia Mundi)

1996 OVER AND OUT
CRI’s Emergency Music Label