Kevin Nordstrom, M.M.
Adjunct Instructor, Applied viola
Faculty String Quartet, Viola
Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher. He has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States at institutions such as Miami University (OH) and The University of Florida. His 2015-2016 performing schedule has included chamber music performances throughout Southern Ohio, and solo performances at Wright State University, Earlham College, and The University of Florida as well as a lecture recital at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The last year has also seen him performing and lecturing abroad in Xi’an China at the Xi’an University of Arts and Sciences. Recently, Dr. Nordstrom was invited to the University of Florida as a guest artist and lecturer to present a recital, lecture and masterclass to the students and faculty there.
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, Dr. Susan Dubois, and Donald McInnes.
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. Most recently, he has been appointed to be the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East Campus 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, as well as spending time with his wife and daughter.
BM - Univesrity of North Texas
MM - Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
AD - Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
DMA - Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
I believe that every student has a unique musical personality and their own approach to playing the viola. As a result, the teaching of each student must be approached individually so that their personal characteristics are not suppressed. Basic technique must be developed properly, but the teacher must not force students to follow an absolute and rigorous regime that runs in opposition to their previous development and personality traits. This is best done I believe, by letting students discover through trial and error the best way to solve technical problems.
In addition to the standard repertoire, the most effective way to improve skills is by studying a wide variety of scales, etudes and technical exercises. Through progressive study, each student discovers how their hands work and their best personal approach to the instrument. The aim of my teaching is to encourage students to set and achieve their repertoire and technical goals and thereby increasing dedication, commitment and ultimately enjoyment in their studies. The teacher’s responsibility, drawing from personal experience, is to let the student know what sounds pleasing to the ear and what is acceptable to the wider musical world. I always seek to help students retain and express their personal musicality, while keeping them on the path toward what is considered to be fine playing.
American Viola Society
College Music Society
American String Teachers Association