Stolz's compositional voices is one that is clearly influenced by his performance background in jazz fusion and progressive rock, yet firmly rooted in the contemporary classical tradition. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and across Europe, including festivals and conferences such as the Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice (FRANCE), Suolahti International Summer Music Festival (FINLAND), Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Las Vegas International New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, National Flute Association Convention, Electronic Music Midwest, ElectroAcoustic Barn Dance, Oregon Bach Festival, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, Music Today Festival, and several regional College Music Society conferences. Large ensembles that have performed his compositions include the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, Sandhills Symphony Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, Omaha Symphonic Winds, San Francisco State University Wind Ensemble and many other college bands.
Stolz has been commissioned by the Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, SUNY-Stony Brook, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Alturas Duo, CCSU Chamber Players, Synchronix, LVA Jazz Ensemble, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Leslie Ann Leytham, Tom Peters, Robert Karrass, Peter Scuderi, Darin Wadley and choreographer Erin Bomboy. Stolz was the winner of the Vox Novus/Composerís Voice Dance Collaboration Competition for Remnants of Bullfrog, Nevada for fixed electronic media and dance, the Max DiJulio Composition Prize, and second prize in the New Zealand Association of Organists International Competition. In 2009, he was given the Most Outstanding Student Composition Award at the College Music Society Northeast Conference.
His Lullaby for Sam appears on Aaron Larget-Caplan's New Lullaby album from the Six Strings Sounds label, his second piano quartet Catharsis II is on the Millennial Masters Volume 3 from Ablaze Records, his Duet for Xylophone and Drum Set is on Art Rock Circus's 2013 release Variations on a Dream, his Lincoln Highway Songs appear on singer Cece Otto's album American Songline, and his Princess Ka'iulani for flute is on Modes, Vol. 30 of SCI's album series. Princess Ka'iulani was also published in Vol. 51 of SCI's Journal of Scores. His jazz and rock compositions appear on several other albums.
As a scholar, Stolz has published articles and essays and regularly presents at academic conferences. His article "Teaching Jazz Improvisation Using Macro-Analystical Techniques" was published in vol.4 of Musical Insights in 2015. His essay on the progressive rock elements of Black Sabbath was published in the book Prog Rock in Europe, and his essays on Black Sabbath, Genesis, Rush, and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were published in The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time. His book Experiencing Black Sabbath: A Listener's Guide will be published in Fall 2017. Stolz has given papers at the First and Second International Conferences on Progressive Rock (France and Scotland), College Music Society International Conference (Sweden), the Second International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music (Vancouver, BC), Society for Music Theory National Conference (St. Louis), Society of Composers Inc. National Conference (Santa Fe), College Music Society National Conferences (Minneapolis and Santa Fe), Music Theory Midwest, South Central Society for Music Theory, several regional CMS conferences, Queen's University (Canada), The Hartt School, UNC-Asheville, and at MACRO Musicians' Workshop.
Stolz is also a drum set performer in both the rock and jazz idioms, working with notable bands such as Swinging Popsicle, Halloween Town, and Art Rock Circus. He appears on the Johnny Pate 80th birthday concert CD with jazz greats Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Monty Alexander, Kenny Burrell and several others. His solo CD Nolan Stolz Rock Orchestra features prog-rock arrangements of "classical" works. He also appears on Halloween Town's 2011 CD Zafra Ct. which features Ryan Pardey, Wes Hines, two members of Louis IV (Jason Hill & Brian Karscig) and three members of The Killers (Dave Keuning, Tommy Marth, and Mark Stoermer). Growing up in Las Vegas in the 1990s, at only 17 years old, he joined the retro swing band Dirty Martinis, working regularly at the lounge of former Las Vegas Hilton. As a teenager, he started working with some of Las Vegas's finest jazz musicians (e.g., Joe Lano, JoBelle, Walt Blanton, Dennis Mellen, etc.) and backing up out-of-town performers (e.g., Carl Saunders, Jiggs Whigham, John Clark, etc.).
Dr. Stolz did his undergraduate work in composition and jazz studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and went to graduate school at the University of Oregon and at The Hartt School. As a graduate student, he taught in the theory, composition, jazz and history departments. His composition teachers included Virko Baley, Robert Carl, David Crumb, Robert Kyr, Larry Alan Smith and Ken Steen, and his theory teachers included Jack Boss, Steve Larson, David Macbride and Michael Schiano. He studied drums with John Abraham, Chris Benham, Patrick Bowen, Gary Hobbs, Steve Houghton, Joe LaBarbera and Joe Malone, and studied jazz with Stefan Karlsson, Toby Koenigsberg, Dave Loeb, Joe Lano, Steve Owen, Bruce Paulson, Tom Warrington and Rocky Winslow.
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