Nolan Gasser, Chief Genomic Officer


Nolan Gasser is the Chief Genomic Officer for Mission Metrics, the data products subsidiary of Mission Measurement that is responsible for development of the Impact Genome Project™. Nolan brings over fifteen years of expertise and innovation as a genomic architect, most notably as the architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project™.

In 2000, as an accomplished musician and musicologist, Nolan was approached by Savage Beast Technologies, now Pandora Media, Inc., and charged with developing the music architecture for the Music Genome Project™. As the Chief Musicologist, for Pandora, Nolan created all five of the Music Genomes that power the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind Pandora Radio, now a robust, successful internet radio service.

Outside of Mission Measurement, Nolan is an acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist. His original works have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, La Salle Pleyel (Paris), and the Rose Bowl (Pasadena), among many others. Key current projects include an opera, The Secret Garden, commissioned by San Francisco Opera (premiered March 1, 2013), a musical, Benny and Joon, in partnership with H2H Productions and MGM On Stage, and a forthcoming book on the interrelation of music and science. As a pianist, Nolan performs and records as a soloist, with his own jazz quartet – the San Francisco Jazz Quartet, and with such marquee artist as Steve Miller. Nolan is also the Artistic Director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet.

Nolan received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University where he has been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval-Renaissance Music History; his M.A. in Composition at New York University; and his B.A. in Composition from California State University.