kevin nordstrom

viola teacher/performer

Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar.  He has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States.  These performances include solo recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, and The University of Florida as well as lecture recitals at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Xi'an University of Arts and Science in Xi'an, China.  In Spring 2017, Dr. Nordstrom will be presenting a lecture recital entitled "Transformation and Distortion - Modern Variation Technique in Ligeti's Viola Sonata" for the College Music Society at several of their regional conventions throughout the United States and in Canada.  He will also be presenting the Koechlin Sonata for Viola and Piano op. 53 at the CMS Southern Regional Convention in Clarksville, TN, a rarely played but important work for the viola.  Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Dr. Nordstrom will serve as an Ensemble Database Editor for the American Viola Society.


Dr. Nordstrom holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, and the degrees of Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, and Dr. Susan Dubois. 


Dr. Nordstrom was awarded an orchestral fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, was a fellowship recipient at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy 2011, received a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in 2009, and was awarded substantial scholarships to the Manchester Music Festival 2007 and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 2006 and 2008.  He has been awarded high honors at many international solo competitions as well, including 2nd prize awards at the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition 2012, The Cincinnati Conservatory annual concerto competition 2011, and the Hubbard Solo Contest 2007.  He has also been a semi-finalist in the Sorantin Competition 2011, the only violist invited to compete, and was a semi-finalist and the top violist in the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards.  


As an orchestral musician, he has been fortunate to have served as principal violist of festival orchestras in Italy as well as at the Music Academy of the West and was the acting principal violist for the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles for their 2009-2010 season.  He currently is the acting assistant principal viola in the Richmond Indiana Symphony, and has been a guest principal with the Lebanon Symphony as well as guest assistant with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra.  


Dr. Nordstrom is the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Viola at Wright State University and has duties teaching courses in string methods and non-western music history.  He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.  In addition to teaching and performing on the viola, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology, composing and writing about music, reading about American and ancient history, and spending time with his wife and daughter.