USC Upstate Professor’s Work To Be Performed During Event Featuring Grammy Winner Béla Fleck

January 22, 2020 at 9:17 am
Dr. Nolan Stolz
Dr. Nolan Stolz

The work of Dr. Nolan Stolz, assistant professor of music at USC Upstate, will be featured during the Spartanburg Philharmonic’s American Masters event featuring Béla Fleck from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Twitchell Auditorium in the Zimmerli Performance Center at Converse College. Fleck, a Grammy Award-winning artist, will join the symphony as they perform “Golden State Romp” from Stolz’s “Lincoln Highway Suite.”

“It’s rare for a living composer to be programmed on a symphony orchestra concert,” said Stolz, who has taught at USC Upstate for six years. “It’s truly an honor.”

Stolz was recently selected by the University of South Carolina as a 2020 Breakthrough Star. This annual recognition is given to 12 junior faculty members in the USC system who “demonstrate considerable contributions to their fields in terms of research and scholarly activity.”

A composer, music theorist and percussionist, Stolz was born in Milwaukee, Wis., and grew up in Las Vegas, Nev.

Stolz earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, his Master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his Doctorate from the University of Hartford.

Prior to joining USC Upstate, Stolz taught for UNLV, the University of South Dakota and Southeast Missouri State. He also traveled the country participating in various artist residencies.

“I hope the audience will be able to picture Northern California and imagine driving through that beautiful countryside on a two-lane highway all the way to the bustling city of San Francisco,” Stolz said. “And if they’ve never been there, maybe this will inspire them to someday make their own journey there.”

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