Nicholas David Stevens, Ph.D.
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Ph.D. in Musicology, Case Western Reserve University Dissertation: “Lulu’s Daughters: Portraying the Anti-Heroine in Contemporary Opera, 1993-2013” Honors: Distinction in Doctoral Qualifying Examinations B.A. in Music History and Theory, University of Rochester (cum laude)
Employment 2019-present 2019-present 2019-present 2017-2018 2012-2017
SAGES Teaching Fellow and Department of Music Lecturer, CWRU Senior Lecturer in Musicology, University of Akron School of Music Online Instruction Facilitator, Berklee College of Music Lecturer in Musicology, CWRU and Cleveland Institute of Music Graduate Instructor of Record, T.A., and Research Assistant, CWRU
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014-2017
AMS Keitel-Palisca Membership/Professional Development Travel Grant Adel Heinrich Award for Excellence in Musicological Research [CWRU] Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Graduate Affiliate Program Library of Congress/CWRU Summer Research Fellowship in Music CWRU Department of Music Conference Travel Grants (annual)
Publications: Under Contract and In Progress
Threshold, Dreamscape, Substance, Screen: Contemporary Opera and/as Medium.
Monograph under contract, University of Michigan Press, Mary Francis, editor.
“Opera, Pop Song, Perfume, Record: Composing the Mediated Self in Powder Her Face.” Article in preparation for submission, winter 2019. “Powder Her Face as ‘Fountain of Youth’: Echoes from the Hotel Room.” Chapter in progress for Thomas Adès Studies, edited by Philip Stoecker and Edward Venn, under contract, Cambridge University Press. Review (in progress): J. Griffith Rollefson, Flip the Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Notes 76 no. 2 (Winter 2019).
Past Publications Review: John Luther Adams, Become Ocean, the Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot, Cantaloupe B00L5VZL4S, 2014, CD, in Journal of the Society of American Music 11 no. 3 (Summer 2017). Review: Silvio dos Santos, Narratives of Identity in Alban Berg’s “Lulu” (University of Rochester Press, 2013), German Studies Review 39 no. 1 (February 2016). Papers 2019
“Spectral Presences: Haunted Music in Operas by Benjamin and Neuwirth.” -Transnational Opera Studies Conference (TOSC@Paris), Paris, June. “Posthumanism, ‘Postopera,’ and Fear: Jane Bennett Goes to the Opera,” for the seminar “Musical Affect and Posthumanist Literatures.” -American Comparative Literature Association, Georgetown University, March. “Olga Neuwirth’s Lynchian New Orleans: A Ghost Tour.” -Society for American Music 45th Annual Conference, New Orleans, March.
“Singing Things: Postopera, the Posthuman, Realisms, Time, Apocalypse.” -CWRU Department of Music Colloquium Series, November. -AMS Midwest Fall 2018 Meeting, University of Illinois at Chicago, September.
“Divinest Feeling: Popular Song as Shelter in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.” -American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, November. -IASPM-US Conference 2017, Cleveland, OH, February. “Time Passes: Multimedia Interludes in Three Contemporary Operas.” -Music and the Moving Image XII, New York University, May. “The Hotel Room and the Imaginary Museum: Curation and Cultural Memory in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.” -Be not afeard: Language, Music and Cultural Memory in the Operas of Thomas Adès, University of London, April. -CWRU Department of Music Colloquium Series, January.
“Time Passes: Multimedia Interludes in Contemporary Opera” [lightning version.] -Film and Multimedia Interest Group Meeting, Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, November.
“The Hotel Room and The Imaginary Museum: Curation and Cultural Memory in Adès’s Powder Her Face.” -Musicology and the Present, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, September. “‘They say her love is queer, perverted:’ Deviance, Decency, and the Duchess of Powder Her Face.” -Indecent Musicology Conference, New York University, March.
“The ‘Bad Boy’ and the Tough Guys: George Antheil and Noir Aesthetics.” -Music and the Moving Image X, New York University, May. “Secluded Space, Absent Landscapes: Arnold Schoenberg's Private Performances.” -Rutgers University Musicological Society Graduate Student Conference, Rutgers University, March.
“The ‘Bad Boy’ and the Tough Guys: George Antheil and Noir Aesthetics.” -AMS Midwest Fall 2014 Meeting, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, September. “‘They say her love is queer, perverted:’ Deviance, Decency, and the Duchess of Powder Her Face” [early version]. -Yale Graduate Music Symposium, Yale University, March 2014.
Courses Taught History and Analysis of Western Music II: 1800-2000, CWRU Department of Music. Required course for CWRU music majors and Cleveland Institute of Music students. Lecturer, February-May 2019. Hip-Hop Arts and Culture: Margins, Centers, Ascendancy, CWRU SAGES Program. Seminar for sophomores in a required University writing sequence. Teaching Fellow, January-May 2019. Music Literature I: World Music/Research Methods, University of Akron School of Music. Required course for music majors. Visiting Faculty, January-May 2019. Music Literature II: Musicology/American Music, University of Akron School of Music. Required course for music majors. Visiting Faculty, January-May 2019.
Methodologies of Music History, Cleveland Institute of Music. Required course for candidates for the Master of Music degree. Lecturer, August 2017-May 2018. History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Elective for non-music majors. Lecturer, August 2017-May 2018; Graduate Instructor of Record, Aug.-Dec. 2016. The Listening Experience, CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Elective for non-music majors. Graduate Instructor of Record, January-May 2016. Selected Teaching Assistance and Tutoring History of Western Art Music III (1890-Present), CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Course taught by Susan McClary. Required for music majors. Teaching Assistant, January-May 2015. Music Theory II (Chromatic Harmony, Ear-Training, Keyboard Skills), CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Course taught by Lisa Rainsong. Required for music majors. Tutor, Guest Leader, and Teaching Assistant, August-December 2014. History of Western Art Music II (1685-1890), CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Course taught by Francesca Brittan. Required for music majors. Teaching Assistant, January-May 2014. Invited Lectures “Transatlantic Modernisms, 1920s-1930s: Berg, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Crawford, Bartók, Still,” in Summer English as a Second Language Music Studies, Cleveland Institute of Music. Course taught by Mia O’Riordan. Required for selected first-year students. Guest Lecturer, August 2018. “The Legacy of Peter Sellars: Three Productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,” in Mozart Operas, CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Course taught by Francesca Brittan. Elective for advanced music majors. Guest Lecturer and Seminar Leader, December 2016. “Selling the Undone Woman: Marketing and Staging in Productions of Anna Nicole,” in Opera and its Audiences, CWRU College of Arts and Sciences. Course taught by Georgia Cowart. Seminar for graduate students in musicology. Guest Lecturer, February 2015.
Research Assistance Susan McClary, The Passions of Peter Sellars: Staging Music Drama – monograph project. Research and Bibliographic Assistant, August-December 2015. Mahler Manuscript Database – Digital humanities project coordinated by Stephen Hefling. Research Assistant and Musical Example Creator, August 2012-December 2013. Service Session Chair: “Media Transformations,” paper session. American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 2018 Case Western Reserve University Music Graduate Students’ Association, 2015-2017 President, 2015-16 and 2016-17 CWRU Faculty Senate Committee on University Libraries, 2016-2017 Graduate Student Member, 2016-17 CWRU Faculty Senate Committee on Research, 2015-2016 Graduate Student Member, 2015-16 CWRU Center for Popular Music Studies Conference Planning Committee, Spring 2015 Graduate Student Member, 2015 Professional Affiliations American Musicological Society Society for American Music American Musicological Society – Midwest Chapter International Association for the Study of Popular Music – U.S. American Comparative Literature Association Languages Spanish French German
Reading: advanced Reading: intermediate Reading: intermediate
Public Musicology “Beethoven to Beecher: String Quartets against Status Quos, 1800-2018,” public lecture. -Cleveland Chamber Music Society 2018-2019 Concert Series, November 2018. “American femme fatale: A Cultural History of New Opera’s Anti-Heroines,” public lecture. -Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Graduate Work-in-Progress Series, CWRU, December 2016. Program Essays for M.U.S.i.C. (Music’s Upcoming Stars in the Classics) Chamber Music Concerts (Northeast Ohio). Bimonthly programs, February 2014-September 2018. Music Journalism ClevelandClassical.com, Correspondent and Reviewer, 2017-present
I Care if You Listen, Album Reviewer, 2018-present