Nathan Wilks

Adjunct Faculty in Music Theory/Composition
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Ph.D, Music Composition, University of Utah
MM, Composition & Theory, Texas Christian University
BM, Music Composition, Texas Christian University

Courses Taught

Advanced Theory
Advanced Ear Training

Areas of Focus

Music composition, music theory (popular music analysis)

Nathan Wilks is a composer, pianist, guitarist, and music educator. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Utah where he studied with Morris Rosenzweig and Steve Roens, and MM and BM from Texas Christian University where he studied with Blaise Ferrandino. Prior to teaching at TCU, he taught theory, composition, and form at A&M University­–Commerce and theory and ear training at the University of Utah.

His works reflect a diverse musical background that has been central to the development of an eclectic yet focused style. His music is often described as intensely personal, but with an ability to connect with audiences in a way seldom seen in contemporary music. One piece that embodies this eclecticism, Vague Recollections, was recently commissioned for a concert honoring Samuel Adler where it was lauded by the audience, including Dr. Adler himself. In addition to composing concert pieces, his other musical pursuits include songwriting, film scoring, and music production.


Recent research

Verse Chorus Verse: An Analysis of Repetition in Popular Music (2016)

Pitch Centricity in Stravinsky’s Movements (2014)

A Critique of Popular Music Analysis (2012)

Recent compositions

The Anima (2018)
voice, piano, strings, drums, percussion

Esperanza (2017)
Piano, strings

Whatever Happens… (2017)
voice, piano

Vague Recollections (2016)
violin, piano

Sing (2016)
voice, piano, cello, drums, percussion

Disco Lung (2014)
flute, bass clarinet, piano

String Quartet No.2 (2014)
string quartet

Chimera No.1 (2013)
violin, cello, piano

Sea of Oceans (2013)
voice, piano, cello, drums

Society for Music Theory

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)