J.T. RINKER (b. 1974, Alexandria, VA) writes acoustic music, electronic music and live interactive music and works in other media such as film, video, machine vision and robotic arts. His work is informed by and often combines elements from these various fields. J.T. received his B.M. in Music Composition from East Carolina University where he studied with Mark Taggart and Otto Henry. His continued studies led him to the University of North Texas, studying with Joseph Klein, Jon C. Nelson and Phil Winsor and working at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (C.E.M.I) In 1999 he received a M.M in Music Composition from North Texas. J.T.recently received his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University at Buffalo. His teachers include Jeff Stadelman, Cort Lippe and Marc Bohlen. J.T. is currently Managing Director of the Center for 21st Century Music at the Unversity at Buffalo.