kevin nordstrom - viola

performer - teacher - scholar

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 presented a lecture recital titled "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 also performed 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.  His article "Transformation and Distortion - The Process of Variation in Ligeti's Sonata for Viola Solo" will be printed in the Journal of the American Viola Society in December 2017.  Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Dr. Nordstrom will serve as an Ensemble Database Editor for the American Viola Society.  Dr. Nordstrom will be presenting two clinics in the February 2018 in conjunction with his brother, Dr. Stephen Nordstrom from UT El Paso, for the Ohio and Texas Music Educators Association titled "Structuring Lesson Plans for a Better Practice Routine" and "Teaching and Performing on Your Secondary Instrument" respectively.  In mid-March 2018, he will also be presenting a lecture recital titled “Mystic Chords and Developing Variation: The Modernisms of Marion Bauer’s Sonata for Viola and Piano op. 22” at CMS Conferences in Las Vegas and at Otterbain University. His arrangement for viola quartet titled Carmen, Concert Suite no. 1, will be published by Latham Music and Ludwig Masters Publications in early 2018.


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 appreciation.  He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.  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 principal with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra.  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.