Nathan Fletcher (b. 1992) is a New York‐based composer, arranger, tenor and pianist. 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; its score has been described as "melodious [and] neo-Romantic” (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post) and "gorgeous" (Alan Savada, Opera-L). Nathan's short film collaboration with writer/director Adam Taylor, Someone Like Me (L'opera di Facebook), has been described as a “must-see” (Jenna Simeonov, Schmopera), and “...amazing... Charming, dirty, irreverent, and a ton of fun” (Peter Szep, co-founder, New York Opera Alliance). Selected for numerous festival screenings, Someone Like Me took home the Audience Favorite and Judges’ Award prizes at the July 2018 Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival in Brooklyn.
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.”
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.
A recipient of numerous prizes for excellence in composition, Nathan 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 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. In his recent debut with the Grammy-nominated Clarion Choir, Nathan joined a chorus of monks in an extravagant performance with pop superstar Madonna at the 2018 Met Gala. 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.