Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis

Dr. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis is an award-winning Washington, DC-based composer whose past and current projects include performances by the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Left Bank Quartet, saxophonist Noah Getz, flautist Molly Barth, and upcoming commissions by the Inscape ensemble, and the piano and saxophone duo Six Impossible Things. His music has been called "a kind of kaleidoscope...each moment bringing a shift in the harmonic feel and flow, from jazzy licks to piled-up counterpoint to independent chords."-the Washington Post. Speaking in the River Gazzette, composer David Froom says "he has an unerring sense of how to make a really good sound, and how to put a piece of music together." Recent awards and accolades include a 2006 Walsum prize in composition for his string quartet Quinta Corda, a River Concert Series commission for large orchestra and narrator celebrating the 375th anniversary of the founding of the Maryland colony (2009), and an American Music Center CAP award (2009).

Originally from Rising Sun, MD, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis attended Ithaca College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a B.M. in composition, and then went on to be a University Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park obtaining his D.M.A. in composition in 2008. During this time he also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique-Alfred Cortot in Paris, France, was an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts studying with composer/musician Henry Threadgill, and completed a masterclass with various Italian composers at the Alba International Music Festival in Alba, Italy. At Shepherd, Dr. Lincoln-DeCusatis teaches composition and jazz piano, as well as several courses including Music Theory and Electronic Music Media.