Michael Weinstein-Reiman was raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and received his formative musical training as a pianist. Initially encouraged to compose by his high school’s choir director, he has since amassed a large catalogue of works in a variety of idioms, including music for chorus, chamber ensembles, electronics, and orchestra. Mr. Weinstein-Reiman holds the bachelor’s degree in music from Brandeis University, where he studied composition, counterpoint, and orchestration privately with Martin Boykan and David Rakowski. He is the recipient of two consecutive Reiner Prizes in Music Composition (2003 and 2004) and the Emidia Meloncelli and David John Boros Award in Music (2002). His Senior Honors Thesis, three settings of poems from Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal" for mezzo-soprano, piano, cello, and flute was awarded highest honors at commencement. An active chorister, Mr. Weinstein-Reiman has performed extensively throughout the tri-state area with many ensembles, including the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, the Ambassador Chorus, the Collegiate Chorale, and most recently with the Cerddorion vocal ensemble. He currently studies with Jason Eckardt at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, where he is pursuing the Master of Music degree in composition.