Classes: Methodologies and General Musicianship
Degree: PhD in Musicology, CWRU, 2017
Nicholas Stevens serves as a lecturer in music history and music research methods at Case Western Reserve University. He studies opera and music theatre in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a strong focus on composers whose sensuous sonic environments emerge from rigorously conceived musical processes and principles, including Alban Berg, Kaija Saariaho, John Luther Adams, and Thomas Adès. In popular music research, his interests have skewed toward densely poetic songwriting, from late Tin Pan Alley song to literary folk-rock and recent hip-hop. He earned his PhD in Musicology at CWRU, where his dissertation work won the Adel Heinrich Award for Excellence in Musicological Research in 2017.
Stevens was a Graduate Affiliate at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in 2016, and a summer fellow at the Library of Congress in 2015. He has delivered talks at regional, national, and international conferences in music scholarship, and written reviews for German Studies Review and the Journal of the Society for American Music. He is also an active program annotator and a frequent presence at concerts and recitals throughout Northeast Ohio, with additional interests in music cognition and contemporary arts criticism.