Adjunct Faculty; Director of String Studies
(Violin, String Quartets), Music
Violinist David Reimer is an Associate Professor of Music at Calvin College, directing the string program and teaching violin. Dr. Reimer was appointed to the faculty in 2004 after completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he was a Graduate Teaching Associate, teaching violin and orchestral repertoire as well as coaching orchestra sectionals. His earlier training included undergraduate studies with Stephen Shipps at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Bernard Goldschmidt at the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M. & M.M.).
Dr. Reimer’s previous teaching engagements have included Violin Faculty positions at the College of DuPage, the University of Connecticut School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division and positions with the following summer music programs: Birch Creek Music Festival in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; Chamber Music Connection Festival in Columbus, Ohio; Knollcrest Music Camp in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. In 2008, he began the Calvin String Summit, an elite chamber music camp that has included reputed faculty such as David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster), Lawrence Dutton (Emerson Quartet violist) and James Buswell (solo violinist and faculty at the New England Conservatory).
The performing experiences of Dr. Reimer are varied. He has an extensive performing knowledge of orchestral literature acquired during 25 years of professional orchestra experience. Since taking a position at Calvin College, he has played with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the West Michigan Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Traverse Symphony. In 2013, he was named the Concertmaster of the Baroque on Beaver Island Festival Orchestra and performed in numerous solo and chamber music capacities. He has previously played with the West Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Akron Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and as Concertmaster for the Mansfield (OH) Symphony. Dr. Reimer has been active in chamber music as part of his work with the Beaver Island Festival as well as recitals and regular appearances with Ensemble Montage, a Grand Rapids-based chamber ensemble. He made his professional concerto debut in 1999, playing the Vivaldi “Winter” Concerto with the Mansfield Symphony, and in 2006 soloed in Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" with the Calvin College Orchestra on its tour of England. In 2008, he performed the Prokofiev First Concerto with the Calvin Community Symphony and in 2013 performed Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto with the Beaver Island Festival Orchestra. In addition to these classical venues, Dr. Reimer has performed in freelance groups behind the likes of Bob Hope, Victor Borge, Melissa Manchester, the Pointer Sisters, Randy Travis, Kathy Matea, the Lettermen and Mannheim Steamroller. He has also played in a number of musicals, including Oklahoma, South Pacific, Westside Story, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man and Kiss Me Kate.
Dr. Reimer is a native of Nebraska and, at age 4, was one of the first Suzuki students in that state. He went on to play in a group of Suzuki student soloists with the Lincoln Symphony and was concertmaster and a concerto soloist with the Omaha Area Youth Symphony. Writing is another feature of Dr. Reimer’s work and he has a book and several articles in various stages of publication. His interests are varied, from musical topics like performance anxiety, the role of the concertmaster and comparisons of solo, chamber and orchestral performance pedagogy to the University of Nebraska football program and the transition from college life to professional adulthood. David C. Cook has twice published bible study guides for college-aged students by him.