Nathaniel Stookey (b. 1970) is an American classical music composer. He is the youngest composer ever commissioned for the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series. He collaborated with children's book author Lemony Snicket on the work The Composer Is Dead, a musical introduction to the orchestra for children.
In 2007 as an artist in residence with Norcal Waste Stystems (San Francisco's garbage company), he composed Junkestra, a classical composition for thirty instruments made out of trash found at the San Francisco dump. Among the instruments are a plastic trash can lid, bicycle wheels, a car bumper, potp, pans, mixing bowls, serving trays, sewer pipes, deck railing, a saw, a bird cage, a shopping cart, glass bottles, and an oil drum.
- Tyche Hendricks (2007-10-21). "Junk orchestra will spotlight recycling". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Minzesheimer, Bob (2009-03-02). "Compose yourself: Snicket is back with a kids' mystery, CD". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- Joshua Korman (2007-11-11). "Garbage in, music out". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Albany Records Music for Strings
- Duke University Department of Music Profile: Nathaniel Stookey Ph.D. (Composition, 2003)
- movement 2 - recording hosted by Sunset Scavenger (audio file)