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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jody Nagel. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Jody was a very special man with a good heart. His work and spirit defined the composition program at Ball State. Far beyond that he was a fine professor to me and a trustworthy colleague to whom I have much to be thankful for. He wrote so much music that he had a piece for every occasion. He was generous within his means, and generous with his time to his friends. It hit me hard when I heard of his passing."
-Christoph
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Like his music and creativity, may this tree continue to benefit the world and environment around it."
-Thorne & Yunmi Abbott
A Memorial Tree was ordered in memory of Jody J. Nagel at Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Our dear friend Jody Nagel passed away last weekend. It was sudden, unexpected, and way too early. Jody was a genial, generous-spirited genius. He made the world a brighter place and had so much more to give. He was a gifted, prolific composer who wrote several wonderful pieces for us. He was a doting dad who raised two brilliant girls, Ashley and Athena. Our families were closest of friends from our time in Muncie and have kept in close touch over the years, often staying with them as a halfway point on our trips to and from NJ. His wife Eun Hee and Carrie were best of friends and kindred spirits who especially enjoyed preparing amazing food for our family get-togethers, or just taking off at the drop of the hat to do fun things together. Jody was a generous, loyal friend, always joyful in thoughtful, speculative conversation, with a wide-ranging intellect. We had recently hatched projects to prepare new performing editions of works of Grieg, and I was so looking forward to the chance to work with him and be in more frequent contact. We treasure our memories together, but are devastated by his loss and miss him terribly. We send our love and comfort to his dear family."
-Rolf Erdahl, posted on Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Dr. Nagel was much appreciated by his students and his memory lives on in us."
-Jumi Kim
A Memorial Tree was ordered in memory of Jody J. Nagel at Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"So sorry to hear of Jody's passing. I met him in the WW meeting room. I absolutely loved the fact that his daughter came with him to support him as he began his journey. Jody was so incredibly intelligent and mindful, his thoughts on our weekly workshop techniques were always welcomed by coaches and members. He never left a workshop without passing along a kind word to me. Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this special man."
-Christy, posted on Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Jody was such a welcoming presence for me in my first days at Ball State. I’ll always treasure our lively conversations in the hallway down on the first floor. I’ll also miss his intellect and his passion for music."
-Jon Truitt, posted on Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Athena and family, sending peace and light to you. 
In sympathy, the Conner/Kraud family"
-Dawn Conner-Kraud, posted on Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Jody was an amazing composer and teacher. He opened my mind to the profound beauties in Romantic theory that I still think about all the time. Including the Big Dom! Thanks for impacting my life. Jody was too young to go. Sympathies to his beautiful and talented daughters."
-Linley Baker, posted on Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ryan Fraley on February 12, 2021
I met Jody for the first time the day before classes began in the fall of 1992. He was beginning his first semester as professor, and I was beginning my freshman year. I was waiting for my locker assignment at the school of music, and he was waiting for a key to his office. We had a long conversation about music we liked and music we wanted to write. When he was told that he didn't need to wait in line behind students, he seemed slightly outraged at the idea of cutting in line. He insisted on waiting.

We had a long friendship after that. We've stayed in touch over the years. But everything you need to know about Jody was apparent in that first 20 minutes.
Posted by Michael Oravitz on February 12, 2021
There are so many wonderful and enriching conversations I had during the time I was blessed to be Jody's colleague. Jody's gift of concomitantly possessing one of the most brilliant minds I've ever personally known while also always interacting with those around him with a warm-spirited co-equality was his uncanny essence. Here's one of many stories I could share. One (among several) early AM (as in between 1 and 3 a.m.) meetings he and I had as fellow insomniacs in the School of Music's computer lab was as I walked in on him perusing the score to Mozart 40's opening Allegro, measures 150 and 152 in particular, fascinated at the voice-leading of the winds' dialogue with the strings. The harmony in particular is a unique, four-voice motion in half steps to the work's dominant, DMm7 that dwells in place before the return of the main theme, that is out of this world! An E-flat, B natural, G#, G natural that slides to D, C, A, and F# respectively. We talked about this mesmerizing verticality for well over twenty minutes, re-confirming its beyond-category status. Nope, not some alternate augmented sixth, not derivable as some mere chromatic alteration of some other more potentially common chord, but rather just beautifully inexplicable voice-leading that miraculously allowed Mozart to sound an enharmonically spelled G# minor-major 7th chord and artfully approach a dominant seventh whose root was a tritone away. We played the progression again and again, each time laughing in amazement! The joy that arose between both of us in that moment of contemplation is how I will always remember Jody and the way he enriched the lives of all around him.

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Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Jody was a very special man with a good heart. His work and spirit defined the composition program at Ball State. Far beyond that he was a fine professor to me and a trustworthy colleague to whom I have much to be thankful for. He wrote so much music that he had a piece for every occasion. He was generous within his means, and generous with his time to his friends. It hit me hard when I heard of his passing."
-Christoph
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Like his music and creativity, may this tree continue to benefit the world and environment around it."
-Thorne & Yunmi Abbott
A Memorial Tree was ordered in memory of Jody J. Nagel at Parson Mortuary
Posted by Ashley Nagel on February 23, 2021
"Our dear friend Jody Nagel passed away last weekend. It was sudden, unexpected, and way too early. Jody was a genial, generous-spirited genius. He made the world a brighter place and had so much more to give. He was a gifted, prolific composer who wrote several wonderful pieces for us. He was a doting dad who raised two brilliant girls, Ashley and Athena. Our families were closest of friends from our time in Muncie and have kept in close touch over the years, often staying with them as a halfway point on our trips to and from NJ. His wife Eun Hee and Carrie were best of friends and kindred spirits who especially enjoyed preparing amazing food for our family get-togethers, or just taking off at the drop of the hat to do fun things together. Jody was a generous, loyal friend, always joyful in thoughtful, speculative conversation, with a wide-ranging intellect. We had recently hatched projects to prepare new performing editions of works of Grieg, and I was so looking forward to the chance to work with him and be in more frequent contact. We treasure our memories together, but are devastated by his loss and miss him terribly. We send our love and comfort to his dear family."
-Rolf Erdahl, posted on Parson Mortuary
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Obituary

Jody Nagel, 60, Full Professor Emeritus of music theory and composition at Ball State University, passed away unexpectedly on Feb 6th at home. Dr. Nagel was born in Franklin, PA, and attended North Allegheny High School in Wexford, PA. He received his B.A. from Marietta College in Ohio in 1982, his M.A. in music theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. 

Dr. Nagel is survived by his wife, Eunhee Nagel; his children Ashley Nagel and Athena Nagel; his siblings, Joel Nagel, David Nagel, and Lorie LaSala; his mother, Lavina Hartman; and his cat Bubbles. He is predeceased by his father, Joseph Nagel. 

Dr. Nagel joined BSU in 1992 and retired in 2019. He and his business partner Mark Schultz were co-editors of their music score publishing company, Jomar Press. He served as the area coordinator of the Theory and Composition Division at BSU from 2010-2015 and was an active member of the Society of Composers and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).  His compositions have been performed in various American cities and also internationally in countries including Australia, Korea, Cyprus, Israel, Germany, Russia, and more.

Jody (“Jodo”) loved science fiction, especially Star Trek and anything written by Isaac Asimov. He exclusively used Apple computers, loved a big old steak and potato dinner, and passionately debated about politics and religion. Jody was ecstatic to see the Biden/Harris victory in 2020 and regretted not living to solve all of the world’s problems or seeing the terraforming of Mars. 

Please honor his memory by donating to a charity of your choice in his name. 

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