Stuart Wheeler is a composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. His work tends toward microtonality, vernacular timbres, diverse singing traditions, and the folk ethics of collaboration, improvisation, and non-virtuosity. His teachers have included Christian Asplund, Neil Thornock, I Nyoman Windha, Sam Richards and Steve Ricks.
Since 2014 he has been a regular performer and composer in the Deseret Experimental Opera Company, which premiered his chamber opera “Red Lake” (winner of the Alfred Lambourne Prize) at the 2016 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, in collaboration with librettist Luke Swenson and choreographer Emma Wilson. In 2017 Stuart premiered his choral work “Did Rise” commissioned for the BYU Singers and was the recipient of a Barlow Endowment Commission, which will result in a new work for Gamelan Bintang Wahyu in 2018. That same year he performed a 90-minute version of his variable trio piece “are one (holy, holy, holy)” and composed and performed music based off of Sacred Harp songs for Christopher Clark’s devised theater piece “Jumpers.”