Nathan Cornelius pursues a multifaceted career in performance, composition, and teaching. He teaches ear training and music theory at Towson University, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Peabody Conservatory. His research interests include the application of working memory principles to music classroom pedagogy and the extent to which models of post-tonal theory accurately describe listeners’ perception of unfamiliar music. He received an M.M. in music theory pedagogy and a D.M.A. in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory and an M.M. in composition and guitar performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Trained as a classical guitarist, Cornelius has received competition first prizes for his solo, concerto, and chamber performances on guitar. His performances and research focus on guitar music of the 20thand 21stcenturies, exploring how modern and postmodern composers articulate cultural conceptions of time and memory through intertextuality with works of the Western tradition, and of space, place, and diversity through synthesis of elements from multiple cultural traditions. He is also active as a composer whose works have been performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Nebula Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and at the World Harp Congress.