Patrick Nickleson

Visiting assistant professor

Patrick Nickleson

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Patrick Nickleson’s research focuses on historiography, authorship, collaboration, genre, and the politics of revolt in experimental musics of the last six decades. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy at the University of Windsor, Nickleson moved to the University of Toronto where he earned an MA and a PhD in Musicology. His dissertation research, under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Lee, focused on historiography and authorship in the development of musical minimalism in downtown New York during the 1960s and 1970s, and was supported by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and by Ontario Graduate Scholarships. During his graduate studies, Nickleson worked as a research assistant to Dr. Dylan Robinson on a three-year SSHRC project that brought them on several trips to the Bella Coola Valley of British Columbia alongside composer Dr. Anna Hostman. The trips led to the creation of a multimedia concert piece called Singing the Earth /Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx that combines a score by Hostman with text, installation, video, audio interviews, photography and erasure poetry.

Dr. Nickleson has presented his research at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, the Royal Musicological Association Music and Philosophy Study Group, the Society for Minimalist Music, MusCan, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the New Music Gathering. In 2017, he was awarded the best student paper prize by the New York State–St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society. He has published interdisciplinary reviews in Intersections, The Transnational Social Review, and Performance Research, and has been invited to contribute to the AMS Musicology Now blog and New Music Box. Nickleson also has two entries—on Glenn Branca and on Henry Cowell’s New Musical Resources—in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and an article titled “Transcription, Recording, and Authority in ‘Classic’ Minimalism” forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Music.


PhD, University of Toronto

MA, University of Toronto

BA, University of Windsor


MUSC 1201 — Introduction to Music History and Literature

MUSC 1211 — Music History and Literature I

MUSC 2201 — Music History and Literature II

MUSC 2211 — Music History and Literature III

MUSC 3001 — Introduction to Music in Canada