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Nolan Stolz (b.1981) has composed works for large ensemble, chamber ensemble, solo instruments, voice, and electronics. His compositions are clearly influenced by his performance background in jazz fusion and progressive rock, yet firmly rooted in the contemporary classical tradition. His works 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), International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest, International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, Las Vegas International New Music Festival, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, National Flute Association Convention, Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National Conference, College Music Society (CMS) National Conference, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference, Oregon Bach Festival, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, Electronic Music Midwest, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, Music Today Festival, and several regional CMS and SCI conferences.
Stolz has over 40 works for solo instrument. In 2019, he composed two works for Nick Phillips's (UW-Eau Claire) #45minutures project. Princess Ka'iulani (2010) for flute was published in vol. 51 SCI's Journal of Music Scores (2014) and released on Modes, vol. 30 of SCI's SC Series on Navona/Parma Recordings in 2016. Stolz's Etude for Suspended Cymbal and Snare Drum was written for the Terminus Ensemble (Atlanta, GA) and premiered in 2016. Bullfrog for percussion and fixed electronic media was written for Darin Wadley (USD) and premiered in 2015. Impressions of Mt. Charleston (2011) for alto saxophone and electronics was written as a result of a Jackpot Grant from the Nevada Arts Council, written for Mark McArthur. What The Waves Tell Me (2009) for cello was awarded the Most Outstanding Student Composition at the College Music Society Northeast conference. Lullaby for Sam (2008) for guitar was commissioned and recorded by guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan and appears on his 2010 release New Lullaby from the Six Strings Sounds label. His Legend of Waianapanapa Caves (2007) was written for violist David Hamano and pianist Alex Le, and was commissioned by the Find a Composer project of the Stony Brook Premieres! concert series at SUNY-Stony Brook. His solo organ piece Ascension to a Memory (2006) was awarded 2nd prize in the New Zealand Association for Organists International Composition Competition.Stolz is also known for his Lincoln Highway Suite (2013), a work for orchestra or symphonic band consisting of five movements that may be performed separately. The Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic) recorded the work in 2017 for release on Ablaze Records in 2018. Ensembles that have performed the work include the Clinton Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, DuPage Symphony, Joliet Symphony, Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, Omaha Symphonic Winds, Sandhills Symphony, Shoreline Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and several college bands and orchestras.
Stolz has written music for specific ensembles, such as Reflets / Reflexions (Reflections of Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments) (2017) for the Spartanburg Philharmonic's chamber music series, Same Trains (2015) for Cello Times Two (of the Spartanburg Philharmonic), On Ninth Street (2012) for the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Ensemble, Ghost Town Miners (2012) for Las Vegas Academy Percussion Ensemble, Catharsis II (2009) for the Avery Ensemble (on Millennial Masters Volume 3 from Ablaze Records), And The Wind Cries Jimi (2010) and Burnin' Desire (2011) commissioned by the Alturas Duo, Catharsis II (2009) for the Avery Ensemble, Merritt (2008) for the Yale Brass Trio, and Table for Four (2005) for Fireworks (New York, NY). His Mini-Concerto for Electric Guitar and Chamber Ensemble (2010) was commissioned and premiered by the Central Connecticut State University Chamber Players, Christopher Ladd soloist. Haystacks for orchestra (2004) was commissioned and performed by the Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, George Stelluto conducting. For this composition, Stolz was given the Max DiJulio award. He was given the Youth in America Award for his wind ensemble piece H2Eau (1999) which was premiered by the Milwaukee Concert Band in 2000.
His electroacoustic works have been performed at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, College Music Society (CMS) National Conference, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, Electronic Music Midwest, New Horizons Music Festival, several CMS regional conferences, University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival, Trinity College Electroacoustic Festival, Three Rivers Community College Humanities Festival, Composers Voice concert series, Brandeis University/Hartt School Exchange, Dartmouth College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Florida State University, and at concerts in Eugene, OR.
He has composed many vocal pieces, including two one-act operas, over 20 art songs (four of which for voice and concert band), and a choral work. The San Francisco Cabaret Opera performed three scenes from The Touch: A Black Box Opera in 2009.How others have described Stolz's music:
Haiku Settings: Winter is a "very impressive and athletic string quartet, reminiscent of
Bartok." -- Sequenza21.com (Galen H. Brown, composer)
And The Wind Cries Jimi is "a beautiful homage to Jimi Hendrix" (un hermoso homenaje) -- El Ciudadano (Chilean newspaper)
The Stolz-Miner collaborative piece Begins, Before, Becomes is "closer to chamber music with elements of opera, but is still filled with the genuine spirit of late sixties' Art-Rock." --- The Uzbekistan Progressive Rock Pages (progressor.net)
Concerto for Electric Guitar and Symphonic Band "is substantial yet also very accessible ... prog-rock Gershwin" -- Robert Carl, composer
Stolz is a composer and author member of ASCAP. His music is published by Stolen Notes, a publisher member of ASCAP.
Stolz holds a D.M.A. in Composition from The
Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he studied with Robert Carl,
Larry Alan Smith, and Ken Steen. He holds an M.M. in Composition
from the University of Oregon where he studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb.
He also holds a B.M. in Composition and a B.M. in Jazz
Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied with
Virko Baley. Additionally, Stolz has received individual instruction and/or participated
in master classes with composers Mark Applebaum, Jennifer Barker, William Bolcom, Paul Chihara, Michael Colgrass, Michael Daugherty, Jed Distler, Osvaldo Golijov, Daron Hagen, Leonid Hrabovsky, Jing-Jing Luo, Vincent McDermott, James Mobberly, Ivan Moody, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, Roger Reynolds, Bright Sheng, Dorrance Stalvey, Veljio Tormis, Menachem Wiesenberg, and Chen Yi.
www.myspace.com/nstolz also has sound samples