Nolan Stolz, Instructor of Music, teaches music theory, aural skills, composition pedagogy, and music appreciation. Before joining the faculty at SEMO, Stolz taught at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of South Dakota, and two community colleges in Connecticut.
As a music theorist, Stolz has given papers at several conferences. He presented his “Fractional Set Theory: A System for the Analysis of Microtonal Music” at the Second International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Music, the College Music Society National Conference, and several regional conferences. He presented “Filling in the Blanks: A Creative Macro Assignment for Theory and Composition Students” and “Walking the Circle: Circle Progressions and Modulation in Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line” at the MACRO conference in Madison, WI in 2010 and 2012, respectively. His article "Teaching Jazz Improvisation Using Macro-Analytical Techniques" was published in the music theory journal Musical Insights in 2013.
In addition to his work as a theorist, Stolz remains active as a composer. His works have been performed in Europe, South America and Canada with regular performances across the US at festivals, conferences and recitals. In the 2013-14 season, the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra, Joliet Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphonic Winds, several college bands and orchestras, and several soloists will perform his compositions. Stolz presented “Ka Haku Mele ‘Āina a Ho‘oipoipo: Programmatic Elements in my Hawaiian-Themed Compositions” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in 2013. His compositions may be heard on Ablaze Records’ Millennial Masters Vol. 3 and releases by guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, Coalition and Art Rock Circus.