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Adam Cordle

Lecturer, Chamber Ensembles Coordinator


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
Master of Music in Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music in Performance and Literature, Baldwin Wallace University


Violist Adam Paul Cordle has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall (New York City) and Soehanna Hall (Jakarta). He performs with Duo590, Trio Alexander, the Suara Quartet, and Tocogo Trio and collaborates in duo partnerships with violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and soprano Susan Hochmiller.

Dr. Cordle teaches applied viola, chamber music, and music theory at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he also serves as the chamber music coordinator. He instructs viola, violin, and chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. He coordinates chamber music programs for the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and the Messiah University Orchestra Camp and teaches viola, violin, and chamber music at the Chicago, Oregon, and American Suzuki Institutes. He previously served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Viola, Violin, Chamber Music, and Music Theory at Gettysburg College, chamber music coordinator for the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and sectionals coach for the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. Dr. Cordle has presented masterclasses at Bloomsburg University, Mansfield University, Marshall University, the Music School of Delaware, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Dr. Cordle’s research examines the role of musical gesture in conceiving, interpreting, and perceiving performed music, focusing on the nexus between the analysis and performance of musical gesture. He has applied these analytical techniques and performance practices to compositions by Claude Debussy, Kaija Saariaho, and Toru Takemitsu.

Dr. Cordle actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in music through research and programming. With Duo590, he developed the project Perspectives Françaises, programs of music by French women composers including Lili & Nadia Boulanger, Fernande Decruck, Marcelle Soulage, and Pauline Viardot. With Trio Alexander, he strives toward achieving gender parity in programming, commissioning, arranging, and research.

Dr. Cordle directed the Gettysburg chapter of If Music Be the Food . . . , a benefit concert series designed to support the efforts of the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen while teaching students the importance of using their art for service to their communities. He also directed Music for All Gettysburg, a community engagement initiative that places students in local schools and community centers to present, perform, and discuss chamber music. Dr. Cordle has served on the board of the American Viola Society and as Program Coordinator for the 2020/21 and 2022 American Viola Society Festivals and the 47th International Viola Congress.

Dr. Cordle earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance & Literature with a concentration in Viola and minors in Music Theory and Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he also earned the Master of Music in Performance and Literature. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. His mentors include Phillip Ying, Carol Rodland, Masumi per Rostad, Karin Brown, Louise Zeitlin, Deborah Price, and members of the Cavani and Ying Quartets.