Stephen Nordstrom, D.M.A.
Violin, Viola, String Area Coordinator
Dr. Stephen Nordstrom joined the faculty of The University of Texas at El Paso Music Department in the fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Violin. In addition to teaching violin and viola, he instructs courses in Music History, Music Fundamentals, and Aural Skills, while assisting with the UTEP Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Nordstrom previously taught violin and viola at Indiana University East and Earlham College, where he was also Visiting Director of Orchestral Activities in 2013. He has been on the summer faculties of the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and Camp Encore/Coda in Maine, teaching violin and chamber music to young students from across the United States and the world.
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Nordstrom is currently Acting Principal Second Violin of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Lexington Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Abilene Philharmonic and served as concertmaster for music festivals in Italy and the United States. Dr. Nordstrom is an avid chamber musician as well, performing with ensembles in Italy, Austria, China, Canada, and throughout the United States. He actively performs on both violin and viola, presenting numerous solo and chamber music programs in the Borderland region each year. Most recently, Dr. Nordstrom recorded a CD of new works for Viola and Piano with UTEP Professor and Composer Dr. Dominic Dousa entitled A Musical Portrait of the American Southwest. The duo has recently presented recitals of these new works in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and in Juarez, Mexico.
Dr. Nordstrom received a Bachelor of Music in Violin from the University of North Texas, Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees in Violin from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin and Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati – CCM. In addition to his university training, he has studied violin at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China. He is a former winner of the CCM Concerto Competition and a two-time winner of the Corpus Christi Young Artist's Preparatory Competition. His primary violin teachers include Dr. Won-Bin Yim and Philip Lewis and he has studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Ai Khai Pung, Dr. Donald Portnoy, and Mark Gibson.
Department of Music: Violin, Viola, String Area Coordinator
Office: FFA M434
Office Phone: (915) 747-5607