Olivia Kieffer is an American composer, percussionist, and educator. She has degrees in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Georgia State University, where she studied with Allen Otte and Stuart Gerber. Presently she studies music composition at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her primary composition teachers are Marc Mellits, Douwe Eisenga, and Jonathan Monhardt.
She taught percussion and World Music and directed the Percussion Ensemble at Reinhardt University from 2009-2017. She was an active composer and performer in Atlanta’s thriving contemporary classical music scene for over a decade, including her work as bandleader and drummer for the 7-piece chamber rock band Clibber Jones Ensemble. In 2017, she was Composer-in-Residence at the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, and at the Mana Saxophone Institute.
Since 2012, her music has been performed nationally and internationally. She has written commissions for the GremlinsDuo; A/B Duo; Bent Frequency Duo; toy pianist Amy O’Dell; the Sensoria Series; percussionists Brandon Dodge, Nathaniel Gworek, and Colleen Phelps; guitarist Nicolas Deuson; saxophonist Michael Hernandez; and most recently, the “Pop Rock in Metal” saxophone quartet consortium.
Her music has been described as “immediately attractive”, “like a knife of light”, and “Honest, to the point, and joyful!”