Thomas Schuttenhelm

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Music History Faculty

Music History

The Hartt School

DMA, The Hartt School, University of Hartford

MM, The Hartt School, University of Hartford

BM, College of Saint Rose

Thomas Schuttenhelm is an American composer, guitarist, and scholar. He is the Artistic Director at Network for New Music and the Concerts and Artist Services Coordinator at Astral Artists.

His performance and research interests include: American Art Song (with particular emphasis on voice and guitar); British Modern Music; Contemporary American Music; Contemporary Guitar, and Popular Music.

His compositions have a strong conceptual component exhibiting an intentional belatedness and the post-historical conditions of the 21st century. His music uses embodied programs that celebrate in allusions to the musical, literary, poetic, visual, and theatrical influences that resonate throughout his compositions. Recent collaborations include: Chorosynthesis; Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra; Hartford Symphony; New American Mandolin Ensemble; UK Guitar Quartet; Duo Montagnard; Duo Orfeo; Kaleidos World Music Duo; Adaskin String Trio; Tempo del Fuoco; Alturas Duo; vocalists: Sarah Armstrong (soprano), Justin Vickers (tenor), Margot Rood (soprano); soloists: Eliot Fisk, Jason Vieaux, Aaron Larget-Caplan, John Birt, Nick Cutroneo, Yovianna Garcia, Dan Hartington, Daniel Salazar and the Hartford Festival Orchestra, Paul Bisaccia, Robert Black, and Volkan Orhon.

More about Thomas Schuttenhelm

“Those most ‘instrumental’ to my music: Britten’s performers and the Aldeburgh Festival (1948-76)”

Britten in Context, edited by Vicki Stroeher and Justin Vickers

Cambridge University Press: Composers in Context Series, forthcoming 2020


“Listening to the Furies while standing in the Shade”

featured article for Editions Wandelweiser, November 2018


Vision and Revision: a Critical Commentary on Michael Tippett’s Fifth String Quartet

London: Taylor & Francis, 2017


“Michael Tippett: in the composer’s own voice,”

featured article for the British Library Sound and Vision Blog, March 2017


Michael Tippett: Parcours de l'oeuvre

Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) encyclopedia of post-WWII music


“James Sellars: American Composers and American Traditions”

featured article for Harttblogs, October 2015


Creative Development and the Compositional Process in the Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett. New York; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014


“Between Image and the Imagination: the Creative Process in the Music of Michael Tippett”

The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett, edited by Ken Gloag and Nick Jones,

Cambridge University Press, 2013


“The Use of Listening Strategies in the Fantasia's not in Variation Form by Fernando Sor”

Sor Studies /Estudios sobre Fernando Sor, Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, 2003 / 2010


The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett. Chatham: Faber and Faber, 2005

“A Comparative Analysis of the Guitar Entries in Orchestration Textbooks”

Soundboard, Special Issue, Winter/Spring, 2000


“Sir Michael Tippett and The Blue Guitar: An Examination of the Manuscript”

Soundboard, Fall 1998

Edison Fellowship, Sound Archives, British Library, London, 2016-2017

British Studies Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Fulbright Fellow, Senior Scholar (United Kingdom), 2007-2008, British Library, London and Cardiff University, Wales

Research Fellow, The Michael Tippett Office, London, England, 2001-2002

He has given lectures at Yale University (New Haven, CT), Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), Howard University (Washington DC), Cardiff University (Wales, UK), University of Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK), University of Sussex (UK), University of London (UK), and at the Mannheim Hochschule for Music (Mannheim, DE).

‘visions and revisions’: retrospection and illumination in Michael Tippett’s Fifth String Quartet

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Temple University, Philadelphia PA (December 2018)


The composer-performer in the 21st century: a lecture-recital

Composers Seminar

Duke University, Durham NC (October 2016)


‘visions and revisions’: retrospection and illumination in Michael Tippett’s Fifth String Quartet

North American British Music Studies Association Biennial Conference

University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV (July 2014)


American Art Song for Voice and Guitar: a lecture-recital

International Guitar Research Centre

University of Surrey, UK (March 2014)


Young Apollos: the developing relationship between Britten and Tippett

Benjamin Britten at 100: An American Centenary Symposium

Illinois State University (October 2013)


Rhythm: Influence and Innovation in the Music of Michael Tippett

Music Since 1900: Rhythm and Analysis

Duke University (February 2012)


Oedipus Rex (Stravinsky) and Greek (Mark Anthony Turnage)

Greek Theater and Society

Temple University (February 2012)


Image and Metaphor: the creative process in the orchestral works of Michael Tippett

“Tracking the Creative Process in Music”

Nicolas Donin (IRCAM) and Vincent Tiffon (Univ. Lille-Nord de France)

Maison Européenne des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société (September 2011)


Songs for Achilles: Myth and Mourning

Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011)


Context & Creative Process: A Hermeneutical Approach to the Symphonies of Michael Tippett

The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2008)


A ‘Partial’ View of The Rose Lake: Relational Aesthetics and the Inter/Intra-textual References in the late works of Michael Tippett’s

John Bird Lecture Series

Cardiff University; Cardiff, Wales (2008)


American Contemporary Music: a survey of recent trends and exceptional works

Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales (2008)


Harking Back to the Renaissance

Moderator; Second Biennial Conference of the North American British Music Studies Association

St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont (2006)


Reading a Composer’s Life: Issues and Perspectives in the letters of Michael Tippett

Institute of Historical Research, University of London (2006)


Fourth Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-century Music

The Creative Process in the works of Michael Tippett

University of Sussex, Brighton, England (2005)


The Tippett Symposium

The Knot Garden: Influences and Origins

University of Glasgow, Scotland (2005)


He is a guest blogger for the British Library Sound Archive where he was a Thomas Edison Fellow. He also enjoys creating and editing articles for Wikipedia. He currently resides in Philadelphia.