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By W. Mark Dendy     Feb 8, 2014 in Music
Vallejo - Rhina Reese loved music since she was “about eight or nine,” an interest that culminated in a desire to be a music educator.
The nineteen year-old Bay area resident never imagined composing music let alone being a part of the "Opus Project" at the Berkeley Festival of Arts.
Reese plays flute, piano, guitar, and has "a little experience with drums."
Reese, a music major at Diablo Valley College, said, "I would like to be a band teacher in elementary and high school."
For her music theory class, Reese had composed a piece for an assignment. Unhappy with her work, the piece ended up in the trash.
Reese found new inspiration - memories of her grandmother who had just passed away. She quickly went to work starting from scratch feverishly writing for the next few days. "I just really dedicated myself to it," Reese said.
She was content with her new composition, and Reese's professor encouraged her to submit it to the the upcoming Festival of Arts in nearby Berkeley.
The head of the "Opus Project" loved it, and Reese's musical composition debut was set.
Reese said that her original intention was "to have a piece that sounded like the instruments were having a conversation with each other." That plan was scraped along with her first piece, but there are definite hints of a musical conversation in her finished piece.
The work titled, "A Walk to Heaven," was played Jan. 19, at the Berkeley Festival of Arts by a trio consisting of a harp, a bassoon, and a flute. The classical piece was well received by the audience.
Although Reese does not consider herself a composer, she was inspired by the success of this first work, and she plans are to write two more pieces, the next one to be called "The Storm" and the three together will be titled "The Trinity."
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