Dr. Steven Naylor
Adjunct Professor
Electroacoustic Music

PhD University of Birmingham (UK)
BIS University of Waterloo
BA Waterloo Lutheran University



Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Canada B4P 2R6
T: (902) 585-1512
F: (902) 585-1037


Steven Naylor composes electroacoustic and instrumental concert music, performs (piano, electronics, seljefløyte) in ensembles concerned with both through-composition and improvisation, and creates scores and sound designs for theatre, film, television and radio.

His concert music is performed and broadcast internationally. Recent recordings include two chamber works released on the Centrediscs label.

Steven has composed media scores for projects ranging from installations in Canada’s National Parks, to The Nature of Things, to Sesame Street. His theatre scores for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia have now played to live audiences of over five million, in 14 countries.

Steven’s early experiences in popular music included co-founding the celebrated recording bands Lougarou (later Garolou) in Québec and RAM in Nova Scotia, exploring music from francophone folklore to jazz-rock fusion.

He later co-founded Nova Scotia’s Upstream Ensemble, and The Oscillations Festival, and served a term as President of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. Currently, Steven is artistic director of subText Music and Media Arts, a presenting organisation whose core ensemble includes School of Music faculty members Christoph Both and Derek Charke.

Steven’s writings on music have been published in several journals in the UK and Canada, most recently Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) and the online journal eContact!.

His solo DVD-A of electroacoustic works, Lieux imaginaires, was released in 2012 on empreintes DIGITALes, and nominated for a 2013 East Coast Music Award.

Steven completed the PhD in Musical Composition, focusing on acousmatic electroacoustic music, supervised by Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, UK.