kevin nordstrom


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 given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States. These performances include recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, The University of Florida, and Ball State University, 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. Recently, his video recordings of Wild Purple by Joan Tower and Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata arr. viola were awarded bronze medals at the Global Music Awards, and his recording of Bach's Suite for Solo Cello (Viola) was given a silver medal. His recording of several movements from Ligeti's Viola Sonata was also awarded a prize at the North International Competition. They can be found on his vimeo page here.

As an active member of the College Music Society, Dr. Nordstrom has discussed and given performances of works by György Ligeti, Charles Koechlin, and Marion Bauer at several of their regional conferences in the United States and Canada. In late 2017, his article on the Ligeti Sonata was published in the Journal of the American Viola Society under the title "Transformation and Distortion - The Process of Variation in Ligeti's Sonata for Viola Solo". In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Nordstrom is active in promoting and advancing discourse on string music education, specifically for the violin and viola. He has presented several clinics for the Texas and Ohio Music Educators Associations in collaboration with his colleague and brother, Dr. Stephen Nordstrom. In Spring 2019, they will be giving further clinics at TMEA, and the ASTA (American String Teacher Association) National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They will also be hosting a webinar for the Pennsylvania MEA on beginning string playing in early March. Dr. Nordstrom's two-part article, "Success on Your Secondary Instrument" was published in two parts in the American String Teacher Journal, a publication for which he also serves on the editorial committee. An active proponent of viola ensemble playing, Dr. Nordstrom directs the Wright State University Viola Choir. For this ensemble, he has produced several arrangements of music by Bizet, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky. In 2019, his viola quartet arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen: Concert Suite No. 1 will be published by Latham Music in collaboration with Ludwig Masters Publications. 

Dr. Nordstrom is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Viola at Wright State University and teaches courses in music theory, orchestral string methods/pedagogy, 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. During the summers, he serves on the string faculty at the New England Music Camp in Sydney, Maine. Additionally, Dr. Nordstrom’s is the writer/producer of The Great Composers Podcast, found on iTunes and across the web, including here. 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 where his secondary studies were in music history, and orchestral conducting. His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Susan Dubois, and Dr. Kathryn Steely.

Aside from teaching and performing, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology as well as composing, arranging, and writing about music. His non-musical life often sees him reading volumes on American and ancient history, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.