nathan stang

Teresa Carreño Fellow

 

“My music regularly makes use of inspiration from the worlds of film, literary fiction, and videogames, and I never endeavor to hide this. I love unabashedly demonstrating my love of catchy tunes and snappy rhythms, and even quotes from other music I love. I find myself most moved to compose and think artistically when I encounter humorous situations or feel my wit excited by silly goings-on.”

— Nathan Stang

 
 
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Nathan Stang is a composer, teacher, cat lover, and organist currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN.

Nathan often finds inspiration for his music in visual art and film, but counts the sounds, tunes, and rhythms of videogame soundtracks among his principal influences. Much of his music is marked by a distinct lightness and humor, and, preferring to compose in short-form, his output contains many suites and multi-movement works.

Nathan has received much recognition for his work as a composer, including an award from the Rochester Society of Chamber Music for his brass quintet Moments Musicaux, and, most recently, the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for his Undertow for wind orchestra. Additional recognition came with the awarding of a grant from Stetson University for the composition of his Missa Brevis, as well as a scholarship for continued study from the Presser Foundation. Nathan, a native of central Florida, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from Stetson University, and a Master of Music degree in Composition from the Eastman School of Music.

Future projects include plans to adapt Sherwood Anderson’s short story Death in the Woods as a monodrama for tenor and chamber ensemble. In the works currently is a videogame soundtrack for a retro-inspired indie Metroidvania.