Nathan Fletcher (b. 1992) is a New York-based composer, arranger, tenor and pianist. He received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, having been a finalist in 2015 and 2016. Nathan was also a finalist in the American Choral Directors Association's 2014 Brock Student Composition Competition.
In January 2018, his 20-minute chamber opera, “A Bridge for Three,” written with librettist Megan Cohen and commissioned by the Washington National Opera for its American Opera Initiative Festival, premiered at the Kennedy Center; Anne Midgette of The Washington Post described its score as "melodious [and] neo-Romantic,” while Alan Savada wrote in Opera-L, "The watery feel from flute and strings pervaded for Mr. Fletcher's gorgeous music giving us a feel of the river below as the [opening] trio... got the evening off to the most lyrical of moods." Nathan has also recently completed and recorded the score for an entirely sung-through, Facebook-themed satirical short film written by Adam Taylor, currently in post-production.
Nathan’s compositions have been performed around the country at venues and events such as Opera America’s National Opera Center in New York, the New York Festival of Song’s 2016 NYFOS Next Festival, The Bushnell in Hartford, the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) National Symposium on American Choral Music in Washington, D.C., and the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City. His incidental score for The Picture of Dorian Gray, presented in May 2017 at the University of Oxford’s Michael Pilch Studio Theatre in the United Kingdom, was praised by Katie Stanton of The Oxford Student as “haunting... [and] genuinely moving throughout, the string quartet heightening a death scene with particular success.”
Nathan’s eclectic musical interests inform his arrangements for many types of ensembles. His version of Michel Legrand’s classic tune, “Watch What Happens,” was premiered by the UConn Jazz Lab Band under the direction of John Mastroianni in April 2015. In March 2017, his choral arrangement of the traditional African-American spiritual, “Deep River,” was premiered by the Choir of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York under the direction of Ryan Jackson, and went on to receive its U.K. premiere at the 2017 Festival of Liturgical Music at St Mary’s Priory in Abergavenny, Wales, performed by Icosa under the direction of Luke Mather.
In addition to composing and arranging, Nathan is a freelance tenor with extensive experience in liturgical and ensemble singing. Having sung at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church from 2015-2017, he recently made his debut with Boston-based early music group, Ensemble Origo, and now sings at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, where he was a boy treble from 2002-2006. Nathan is also currently serving as editorial intern at Boosey & Hawkes in New York.
Education: Saint Thomas Choir School (2007); B.M. summa cum laude, University of Connecticut (2015, studying with Kenneth Fuchs); M.M., Mannes/The New School (2017, studying with Lowell Liebermann). Member: ASCAP; American Choral Directors Association.
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