Nathan Nokes

Composer Info

Nathan Nokes

Nathan Nokes (b.1985 WA) is a composer and musician, his have been performed by musicians from all around the world including members of Wet Ink, Loadbang, Mise-en, and Mivos Quartet. As well as by musicians who have performed with Bang on a Can and ICE. His works have been featured in Uncertainty Music Series, New Music Hartford, and CUA New Voice Festival.

His music is often heavily programmatic and draws influence from how humans relate to nature, sciences, each other and themselves in the Information Age; sometimes employing folktales as tongue and cheek allegories of our modern era. Much of his chamber music engages live electronics. His music is often a juxtaposition and superposition of atonality and tonality. He has also worked on sound design and scoring for film and video games.

As an educator, Nokes began teaching undergraduate courses for the State of Connecticut in his 20’s. He has been a public school guest lecturer, discussing the art of composition with young students. He has also made a series of video lectures on music history and theory which are publically available on YouTube. They explain such topics as the birth of the 2nd Viennese School and the evolution of tunings systems.

In addition to music Nathan Nokes is an avid backpacker and runner. He has organized extended group outings in places such as Mount Rainier National Park, White Mountain National Forest, and Mount Saint Helens. In 2013 he received 3rd place in his division at the Hogsback Half Marathon.

Nokes received his Bachelor’s in Music from Washington State, and received his Master’s in Music from the University of Hartford at the Hartt School where he went on Talent Scholarship.

Genres of Interest
Chamber, Live Electronic
My Style
I hear pretty notes in my head and I write them down.

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
DMA, Composition
Vancouver WA
Other Degrees
MM, Composition University of Hartford 2011; BM, Composition Washington State University 2009


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