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Nicholas David Stevens

843 Jefferson Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 | (216) 202-9773 nicholas.david.stevens@gmail.com | www.nickstevenswrites.com

Education 2012-2017

Ph.D. in Musicology, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Dissertation: “Lulu’s Daughters: Portraying the Anti-Heroine in Contemporary Opera, 1993-2013” Committee: Susan McClary (advisor), Francesca Brittan, Daniel Goldmark, Susanne Vees-Gulani, Sherry Lee (guest member, Univ. of Toronto)

2008-2012

B.A. in Music (History and Theory), University of Rochester Cum laude, with Minor in Music Cognition

Employment 2019-2020 Senior Lecturer in Music Literature, University of Akron School of Music World music, ethnomusicology, and American music 2019-2020 Instructor in Music History, Cleveland State University School of Music History of Western art music, earliest notations-present 2019-2020 Guest Lecturer in Music History, Cleveland Institute of Music Musicology and music historiography Sp/Su 2019 Course Facilitator, Berklee College of Music Online Music and society Spring 2019 SAGES Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Music, CWRU Hip hop culture and history of Western art music 2017-2018 Lecturer in Musicology, CWRU/Cleveland Institute of Music History of popular music and musicology research methods Awards, Grants, and Fellowships 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014-2017 2014

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 Performing Arts Research Fellowship CWRU Department of Music Conference Travel Grants (annual) Special Honors in Doctoral Qualifying Examinations, CWRU

Publications in Progress Book: Threshold, Dreamscape, Substance, Screen: Contemporary Opera and/as Medium. Monograph under contract, University of Michigan Press (ant. release in 2021).


Chapter: “Powder Her Face as ‘Fountain of Youth.’” In Thomas Adès Studies, ed. Philip Stoecker and Edward Venn, under contract, Cambridge University Press (ant. 2021). Article: “Last Tango in the Opera Hotel: Adès and Hensher’s Powder Her Face at 25.” Journal article, in preparation for submission as of fall 2019. Article: “Live Electronics, Dead Wood: Haunted Media and/in Neuwirth’s Lost Highway.” Journal article, in development by invitation for journal special issue (ant. 2022). Co-edited volume: Opera in Flux: New Approaches to Identity, Staging, and Narrative. Essay collection ed. with Yayoi Uno Everett, in preparation for proposal in fall 2019. Reviews: in Print and Scheduled 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). John Luther Adams, Become Ocean (Seattle Symphony), Cantaloupe CD B00L5VZL4S, 2014, in Journal of the Society of American Music 11 no. 3 (Summer 2017). 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

“‘The Revolution…’ Will Be Sampled: Gil Scott-Heron’s Hip Hop Afterlives.” AMS Midwest Fall 2019 Meeting, Wayne State University, Sept. “Spectral Presences: Haunted Music in Operas by Benjamin and Neuwirth.” Transnational Opera Studies Conference (TOSC@Paris), Paris, June. “Reconstructions: Neuwirth’s American Lulu and/in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Opera and the City: Technologies of Displacement and Dissemination, CESEM at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, June. “Posthumanism, ‘Postopera,’ and Fear: Jane Bennett Goes to the Opera.” Musical Affect and Posthumanist Literatures, American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Georgetown University, March. “Olga Neuwirth’s Lynchian New Orleans: A Ghost Tour.” Society for American Music 45th Annual Conference, New Orleans, March.


2018

“Singing Things: Postopera, the Posthuman, Realisms, Time, Apocalypse.” 1. Case Western Reserve University Music Colloquium, Nov. 2. AMS Midwest Fall 2018 Meeting, University of Illinois at Chicago, Sept.

2017

“Divinest Feeling: Popular Song as Shelter in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face.” 1. American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, Nov. 2. IASPM-US Conference 2017, Cleveland, OH, Feb. “Time Passes: Multimedia Interludes in Three Contemporary Operas.” Music and the Moving Image XII, New York University, May. “The Hotel Room in the Imaginary Museum: Curation and Powder Her Face.” Be not afeard: Language, Music and Cultural Memory in the Operas of Thomas Adès, University of London, April.

2016

“Time Passes: Multimedia Interludes in Contemporary Opera” [lightning version.] Film and Multimedia Interest Group Meeting, Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Nov. “The Hotel Room in the Imaginary Museum: Curation and Powder Her Face.” Musicology and the Present, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Sept. “‘They say her love is queer:’ Deviance and the Duchess of Powder Her Face.” Indecent Musicology Conference, New York University, March.

2015

“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 Musicological Society Graduate Student Conference, March.

2014

“The ‘Bad Boy’ and the Tough Guys: George Antheil and Noir Aesthetics.” AMS Midwest Fall 2014 Meeting, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sept. “‘They say her love is queer:’ Deviance and the Duchess of Powder Her Face.” Yale Graduate Music Symposium, Yale University, March 2014.

Courses Taught History of Music I: Earliest Notations to 1750, Cleveland State University School of Music. Required course for music majors. Instructor, August-December 2019.


Courses Taught, cont. History of Music II: 1750 to Present, Cleveland State University School of Music. Required course for music majors. Instructor, January-May 2020. History and Analysis of Western Music II: 1800 to Present, 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 University writing and general education sequence. Teaching Fellow, January-May 2019. Music Literature I: World Music/Research Methods, University of Akron School of Music. Required course for music majors. Senior Lecturer, January-May and August-December 2019. Music Literature II: Musicology/American Music, University of Akron School of Music. Required course for music majors. Senior Lecturer, 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, and Guest Lecturer, August 2019-May 2020. 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. 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 [undergraduate], taught by Mia O’Riordan. Guest Lecturer, August 2018. “The Operas of Thomas Adès,” in Opera After Einstein on the Beach, CWRU [graduate], taught by Susan McClary. Guest Lecturer, September 2017.


“The Legacy of Peter Sellars: Three Productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,” in Mozart Operas, CWRU [undergraduate], taught by Francesca Brittan. Guest Lecturer and Seminar Leader, December 2016. “Selling the Undone Woman: Marketing and Staging New Opera in Productions of Anna Nicole,” in Opera and its Audiences, CWRU. Course taught by Georgia Cowart. Guest Lecturer, February 2015. Digital Humanities Work Mahler Manuscript Database – digital humanities project coordinated by Stephen Hefling. Research Assistant and Musical Example Creator, August 2012-December 2013. Service Chapter Activities Committee, American Musicological Society, 2019-2022 Member, 2019-2021; Chair, ant. 2021-22 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 Subcommittees, 2015-2017 Graduate Member: on Research, 2015-15; on University Libraries, 2016-17 Professional Affiliations American Musicological Society | AMS – Midwest Chapter | Society for American Music American Comparative Literature Association Languages Spanish (reading and conversation) French (reading) German (reading) Public Scholarship “Turning Points: Quartets by Haydn, Penderecki, and Dvořák,” public lecture. Cleveland Chamber Music Society 2019-2020 Concert Series, February 2020.


“The ‘First Rock Star’? The Life of Liszt and the Presence of the Past,” public lecture. Canton Symphony Orchestra ConverZations Series, November 2019. “Beethoven to Beecher: String Quartets against Status Quos,” public lecture. Cleveland Chamber Music Society 2018-2019 Concert Series, November 2018. “Dissertation Digest: Portraying the Anti-Heroine in Contemporary Opera.” Musicology Now, November 29, 2017, http://bit.ly/MusNowStevens. “American femme fatale: A Cultural History of New Opera’s Anti-Heroines,” public lecture. Baker-Nord Center Graduate Work-in-Progress Series, CWRU, December 2016. Music Journalism Correspondent and reviewer, Cleveland Classical, October 2017-present. Album reviewer, I Care if You Listen, January 2018-present. References Dr. Susan McClary Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music and Head of Musicology, Department of Music, CWRU | susan.mcclary@case.edu Dr. David Rothenberg Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music, Department of Music, CWRU david.rothenberg@case.edu Dr. Brooks Toliver Professor of Music, School of Music, University of Akron | brooks2@uakron.edu Dr. Daniel Goldmark Professor of Music, Head of Popular Music, and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies, Department of Music, CWRU | daniel.goldmark@case.edu Dr. Francesca Brittan Associate Professor of Music, Department of Music, CWRU | francesca.brittan@case.edu Dr. Sherry Lee Associate Professor of Musicology, Fellow of Trinity College, and Associate of Victoria College, University of Toronto | sherry.lee@utoronto.ca

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