Nathan Courtright

Music

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Email

ncourtright@smu.edu

Website

nathancourtright.com

Nathan Courtright is a composer and music educator based in Dallas. His music focuses on personal and collective memory. He explores how bits of familiar music or musical objects in a disparate musical context can represent the way powerful memories and the emotions attached can suddenly manifest with the smallest of stimuli or triggers in everyday life. His research focuses on composers who have written pieces that blend the old and new in ways he admires, especially George Crumb and Charles Ives. Recent projects include pieces for Sō Percussion, TAK Ensemble, a concerto for the Daedalus Quartet and chamber ensemble and essays on musical borrowing as compositional technique.

Beyond music, Nathan’s interests include spending too much money on coffee and obsessing over all things sports. When he isn’t writing or teaching, he is likely to be found streaming reruns of The West Wing with his wife or Peppa Pig with his daughter.

Education

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.M. Southern Methodist University
B.M. Ouachita Baptist University

Nathan Courtright