Nelson Mandrell
Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, Music Minor Advisor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5936
Courses Taught
Music Theory
Music Technology
Research Interests
Music Theory and Composition; Audio recording; Combinations of electro-acoustic and rural American music

D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Composition


Associate Professor, Nelson Mandrell, studied composition at the University of Illinois with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Paul Zonn and Scott Wyatt. His setting of beat poet Gregory Corso's poem, "She Doesn't Know He Thinks He's God," was featured on the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Experimental Music Studio's recording and concert series. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Association of String Teachers.

As a songwriter, his work has been recorded on Rounder Records by Alison Kraus. This includes one Grammy nominated project and two Grammy winning projects. The song "Sleep On" was featured on Kraus' double platinum "greatest hits" recording. His music has been performed and broadcast in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is published by Happy Valley Music and Warner Bros.

He is past Chair of the Department of Music and he currently teaches theory, composition and music technology. His work explores his interests in audio recording as well as combinations of electro-acoustic and rural American music.

Fine Arts, 133
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5936
Office Hours
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