Steven R. Nuss

Associate Professor of Music

Box 5670

Phone: 207-859-5673
Fax: 207-859-5635
Mailing Address:
5670 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856

Areas of Expertise

  • Music theory (Western and Japanese)
  • Music composition
  • World music
  • Traditional Japanese music and culture
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to music analysis
  • The music of Morton Feldman
  • Music and ritual in Rinzai Zen Buddhism

Professional Information

Professor Nuss received his PhD in Music Theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he was a Gilleece Fellow. His dissertation demonstrated Toru Takemitsu's substantial debt to forms, sounds, and performance techniques of traditional Japanese music. A former orchestral conducting fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and faculty member of the Seishin International School and University in Tokyo, his research is a unique blend of Western and non-Western analytical techniques and theoretical models of form and process. His work has appeared in Perspectives of New Music, The Musical Quarterly, Contemporary Music Review, Music Theory Spectrum, Theory and Practice, and analytical essays in A Way Alone: Writings on Toru Takemitsu published by Academia Musicae, and in Locating East Asia in Western Art Music published by Wesleyan University Press. He has presented his research at a wide range of academic conferences in the US, Japan, the UK, Canada and Indonesia as well as invited lectures at Yale University, Tokyo University, Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Catholic University, Columbia University, and Fordham University among others. Professor Nuss is currently at work on a collection of essays that explores the influences of Jewish devotional and ritual thought in the music of Morton Feldman. He is a recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.


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