Specializations: popular music; minimalist music; neoclassicism; English church music; musical semiotics; harmonic function; counterpoint.
About: Nathaniel Adam is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM with High Honors, Music Theory 2006) and the University of Michigan (PhD, Music Theory 2011). His dissertation, “Coding OK Computer: Categorization and Characterization of Disruptive Harmonic and Rhythmic Events in Rock Music,” discusses various approaches to analyzing sophisticated popular music in the college classroom, using Radiohead’s 1997 album OK Computer as an example. Prior to his teaching appointment at Yale, he taught theory, musicianship, and music technology classes at Central Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University. He assisted the editing and production of the Journal of Music Theory at Yale from 2012 to 2016.
In addition to teaching, Dr Adam is an active choral conductor, accompanist, and composer. He is the music director at Christ Church (Episcopal) in New Haven, where he conducts a 12-voice profressional choir; he has taught composition and accompanied musical productions at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven; and serves on the faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Choral Studies, where he has coordinated the musicianship program and accompanied small ensembles every summer since 2011. His choral and instrumental compositions have been performed across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.