Mike “Rhino” Rihner

An award winning composer, performer, and music educator from New Orleans, Louisiana.

As a composer, Mike has produced several full-length compact discs featuring original contemporary works, and he has also composed four large-scale orchestral suites and one symphony. Mike has been awarded composition awards both in jazz and classical music.

As a performer and bandleader, Mike has performed at major music festivals, arenas, performance halls, night clubs, college campuses and other venues. He has performed with classical, jazz and contemporary ensembles. During the summer months Mike is the Entertainment Director and performs in the historic lodges and hotels of Glacier National Park in Montana.

As a music educator, Mike has taught in South Louisiana for over two decades. He taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Delgado Community College and Loyola University College of Music in New Orleans.