J.T. Rinker was born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1974. He "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. has 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 Inter Media (C.E.M.I) In 1999 he received a M.M in Music Composition from North Texas. J.T. received his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University at Buffalo. His teachers include Jeff Stadelman Cort Lippe and Marc Bohen.
J.T. is Managing Director of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music at the Unversity at Buffalo and also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Media Study teaching courses in Media Robotics.
A strong supporter of the rich arts community in Buffalo, J.T. volunteers time at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, teaches digital audio workshops at Squeaky Wheel and organizes events at Big Orbit’s Sound Lab. He is on the Board of Directors of Squeaky Wheel." 
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