Nathaniel G. Lew
Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Music & Director of Choral Activities
Department of Fine Arts
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 377
Colchester VT 05439
fax (802) 543-2679
Office: McCarthy Arts Center 201
Music 201: Music Theory I (Sight-Singing and Ear-Training Lab)
Music 301: Music Theory III
Music 316: Instrumentation and Orchestration
Music 319: Topics in Music Theory
Music 322: History of Western Music to 1600
Music 326: Classical-Period and Romantic Music
Music 335: Opera
Humanities 102: Modern Civilization
M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Literature of Music. University of California, Berkeley.
B.A. and M.A. (honorary) in Music. Cambridge University, England (Gonville and Caius College).
B.A. with distinction in Music, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (Trumbull College).
The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, New York.
Tonic to the Nation: Making English Music in the Festival of Britain. Ms in progress.
Richard II, incidental music by Ralph Vaughan Williams for a radio adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare (editing and introduction). Promethean Music, in progress.
“English music in the Festival of Britain's London Season of the Arts.” CHOMBEC News 13 (Bristol, England), July 2012.
Review of Composing in Words: William Alwyn on His Art, ed. Andrew Palmer. Musicians on Music, no. 9. (London: Toccata Press, 2010). Newsletter of the North American British Music Studies Association, Spring 2012.
The Mayor of Casterbridge, a radio play by Desmond Hawkins adapted from the novel by Thomas Hardy with incidental music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (editing and introduction). Promethean Music, 2011.
Scenes Adapted from Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress, a play by Evelyn Ouless with incidental music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (editing and introduction). Promethean Music, 2009.
“Haitian Noel,” by Joseph Augustin and Félix A. Baptiste (editing, arrangement for a cappella SATB and SSAA choruses, and translation). Hal Leonard Music, 2007.
“Becoming Benjamin Britten.” Crescendo: The Opera North Newsletter (Lebanon, N.H.), March 2006.
Liner notes for “Shalom: Songs and Dances of a Young Nation.” Albany Records TROY823: Counterpoint, Robert DeCormier, 2006.
Liner notes for “Misa Criolla and More Music from the South American Folk Tradition.” Albany Records TROY746: Counterpoint, Robert DeCormier, 2005.
“‘Very tragical mirth’: Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Crescendo: The Opera North Newsletter (Lebanon, N.H.), January 2004.
“‘Words and music that are forever England’: The Pilgrim’s Progress and the Pitfalls of Nostalgia,” in Ralph Vaughan Williams Essays, ed. Byron Adams and Robin Wells, Ashgate Press, 2003.
Review of Covent Garden, the Untold Story: Dispatches from the English Culture War, 1945-2000, by Norman Lebrecht (Northeastern University Press, 2000). Notes: The Journal of the Music Library Association, September 2002.
“The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For: Representing the Post-War English Experience in Operas from the Festival of Britain.” New Elizabethans 1953-2013: Nation, Culture, and Modern Identity, Institute for English Studies, University of London, June, 2013. Versions also delivered at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Champaign, Illinois, July 2012, and at the Music Post-Graduate Research Seminar, University of Bristol, England, June, 2012.
“‘No dull academic jamboree … but a rich and exciting experience’: Performing the canon of English music in the 1951 London Season of the Arts.” Invited talk at CHOMBEC (Center for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire, and the Commonwealth), University of Bristol, England, May 2012. Version also delivered at the Fourth Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Des Moines, Iowa, August 2010.
“I Got Algorithm: Thoughts on the Philosophy of the Science of Art.” Address for the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vt., April 2010.
“‘This Mendelssohn is sick!’: Experimenting with a Stylistic Immersion Music Theory Course.” College Music Society Regional Conference, Burlington, Vt., March 2010.
Session Chair, “New Music, Living Voices.” Third Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, August 2008.
Session Chair, “Alan Bush’s Dilemmas,” Second Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Colchester, Vt., August 2006.
“Defining British Music in the 1951 Festival of Britain.” Saint Michael’s College Humanities Colloquium, Colchester, Vt., March 2006.
Chair, “Careful the Tale You Tell,” a symposium on Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt., April 2005.
“Christian Conversion and Salvation in Vaughan Williams’s Early Bunyan Settings.” Fifth Biennial Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Conference, Nottingham, England, July 2005.
“Through the Iron Looking Glass: Alan Bush and Socialist Realism in England.” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Wash., November 2004. Versions also delivered at Re(-)sounding Britain: The inaugural conference of the North American British Music Studies Association, Oberlin, Oh., June, 2004, and at the Third Biennial Conference on Twentieth-Century Music, Nottingham, England, June 2003.
“The Death of Christian in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s settings of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.” Saint Michael’s College Social Sciences Research Center, Colchester, Vt., March 2004.
“A Tonic to the Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain Opera Competition.” American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga., November 2001.
“Personal and National Nostalgia in Vaughan Williams’s Pilgrim’s Progress.” International Musicological Society Intercongressional Symposium, Budapest, August 2000.
“‘Oh! By what tongue or pen can their glorious joy be expressed?’: Vaughan Williams’s Heavenly Choruses after John Bunyan.” Invited lecture at the Ralph Vaughan Williams 2000 Symposium, Godalming, England, July 2000.
Professional Performance Activities (choral direction and performance)
Artistic Director, Counterpoint Vocal Ensemble, Montpelier, Vt., since 2011. Associate Artistic Director 2009-2011. Member since 2003.
Member, Ah! Cappella, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Musicians-in-the-Schools program, 2007-2012.
Invited presenter, major work reading session, American Choral Director’s Association, Vermont Chapter, Saint Albans, Vt., May 2009.
Invited Choral Director, Northeast Kingdom District High School Music Festival, Saint Johnsbury, Vt., March 2008.
Invited presenter, choral literature reading session, Vermont Music Educators’ Association annual conference, Saint Johnsbury, Vt., October 2007.
Invited Conductor, Green Mountain Mahler Festival, Colchester, Vt., November 2007.
Choral Director, Appalachian Mountain Club “Music and Mountains” Program, Pinkham’s Notch, N.H., October 2006 and February 2005.
Choral Director and Vocal Coach, Bay Chamber Concerts Next Generation Program, Rockport, Me., August 2005.
Choir Director, Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland, Ca., 1997-2002.
Co-Founder, Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble, Oakland, Ca., 1997-2002.
Member, Volti, the San Francisco Chamber Singers, 2000-2002.
Member, Philharmonia Chorale, San Francisco, Ca., 1997-2000.
Assistant Director, University of California, Berkeley, University Chorus, 2000 and 1995-97.
Chorus Director, Festival Opera, Walnut Creek, Ca., 1998.
Member, University of California Chamber Chorus, Berkeley, 1992-1997.
Co-Founder, Ars Subtilior Medieval Vocal Ensemble, Berkeley, Ca., 1993-96.
Choir Director, St. Joseph of Armithea Chapel, Berkeley, Ca., 1994-96.
Tour Manager, Gonville and Caius College Choir, Cambridge, England, 1998 and 1992. Member, 1990-1992.
Recordings (choral performance)
American Hallel: The Sacred Choral Music of Michael Isaacson. Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2012.
Legacy Live: A Celebration of the Music of Robert De Cormier. Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2011.
Counterpoint Premieres. Albany Records TROY1088: Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2008.
Christmas in Vermont. Albany Records TROY985: Counterpoint and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass, Robert De Cormier, 2007.
Let Me Fly: Songs of Struggle, Solace, and Survival in Black America. Albany Records: TROY896: Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2006.
Shalom: Songs and Dances of a Young Nation. Albany Records TROY823: Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2006.
Counterpoint Sings Noel. Albany Records TROY801: Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2005.
Misa Criolla and More Music from the South American Folk Tradition. Albany Records TROY746: Counterpoint, Robert De Cormier, 2005.
When the Rabbi Danced: Songs of Jewish Life from the Shtetl to the Resistance. Albany Records TROY676: Counterpoint, Robert DeCormier, 2004.
Songs of Love, Lament, and Praise. Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble, 2004.
Thomas Arne: Alfred, A Masque. Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 75605 51314 2: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, Nicholas McGegan, 1999.
Icons of Slavic Music. The University of California Chamber Chorus, Marika Kuzma, 1998.
Orlando Gibbons: Anthems and Instrumental Works. Centaur 2308: The University of California Chamber Chorus, John Butt, 1997.
Elinor Armer: Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts. Koch 3-7331-2 Y6x2: The University of California Chamber Chorus, Marika Kuzma, 1995
Handel: Judas Maccabeus. Harmonia Mundi 907077.78: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the University of California Chamber Chorus, Nicholas McGegan, 1992.
Charles Wood: Saint Mark Passion. ASV CD DCA 854: The Gonville and Caius College Choir, Geoffrey Webber, 1992.