School of Music Visiting Artist
NICOLE V. GAGNÉ is the co-author (with Tracy Caras) of Soundpieces: Interviews with American Composers (Scarecrow Press, 1982) and the author of Sonic Transports: New Frontiers in Our Music (de Falco Books, 1990), Soundpieces 2: Interviews with American Composers (Scarecrow Press, 1993) and Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music (Rowman & Littlefield, Second Edition, 2019). A contributor to The New Grove II, she has written about music for BMI Music World, Op, Option, and newmusicbox.org. Her essay “The Beaten Path” (2004), a history of percussion in American music, won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award in 2004. The librettist and co-composer (with David Avidor) of the opera Agamemnon (1992), she also wrote and hosted the SFCR radio show “A 21st-Century Guide to 20th-Century Music” from 2012 to 2018.