Music Director

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Robert Nordling


Robert Nordling’s conducting has been characterized as “emphatic,” “dramatic,” and “vivid with a ‘fresh and airy quality and a certain elegance'” (San Francisco Chronicle). Robert serves as the Music Director of the Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra (Indonesia), the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival (Northern Michigan), and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (Chicago). He has appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Orquesta Juvenal de Mar del Plata (Argentina), the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, the Cedardell Opera Festival Orchestra, the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, and chamber orchestras in Chicago, San Francisco, and England. Robert also founded and was the music director of the Bay Chamber Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco).

Robert has released recordings of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, St. Saens’ Symphony No. 3, and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the Calvin Orchestra. His recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, the ‘Titan’ won a Telly Award in May of 2008, and his recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 has recently been released on DVD.

A sought out clinician and educator, Robert performs orchestra clinics, music educational workshops, and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. He has also served on the music faculty of the Calvin College Music Department and Trinity International University where he conducted the orchestras and taught in the areas of music history, music appreciation, and conducting.

A native of New Jersey, Robert began his early studies on violin with Stephen Clapp and Paul Zokovsky. Following his undergraduate study at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, he was awarded conducting fellowships to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Herbert Blomstedt, and Erich Leinsdorf. He also received conducting fellowships from the Oregon Bach Festival to work with Helmuth Rilling and the Cedardell Opera Festival to work with Boris Goldovsky. Robert is also an active composer and arranger based in Chicago, and his current interests include Arthurian literature, poetry, English football teams, Indian food, furniture-making, Welsh Terriers, Tom Waits, Gustav Mahler, Cherith Nordling, and espresso coffee.