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Adam Cordle

Lecturer, Chamber Music


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


Dr. Adam Paul Cordle has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in venues and on concert series throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Bath Spa University, Bloomsburg University, Cornell University, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield University, Marshall University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dr. Cordle has collaborated with major concert artists such as violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell of the JACK Quartet; violist Carol Rodland; and soprano Tony Arnold. He performs with Trio Alexander, a flute-viola-harp ensemble, and collaborates in duo partnerships with violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, pianist Edith Widayani, and soprano Susan Hochmiller. Dr. Cordle has served as principal and section violist of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Cordle serves as the chamber ensembles coordinator at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he also teaches viola, coaches chamber music, and offers courses in music theory and music analysis. Dr. Cordle teaches viola and violin and coaches chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. He coordinates chamber music at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and at the Messiah University Orchestra Camp and serves as a viola, violin, and chamber music instructor at the Oregon Suzuki Institute, Advanced Suzuki Institute, and American Suzuki Institute.

Dr. Cordle actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in music through research, commissioning, and programming. With Duo590, he has developed the project Perspectives Françaises, programs of music by French women composers including Marcelle Soulage, Fernande Decruck, and his own arrangements of works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger; he continues to develop this project with performances in Indonesia and the United States this upcoming season. With his colleagues in Trio Alexander, he has strived toward gender and racial parity in programming, commissioning, arranging, and research.

Dr. Cordle’s research examines the role of musical gesture in conceiving, interpreting, and perceiving performed music, focusing on the connection between the analysis and performance of musical gesture. He has applied analytical techniques and performance practices developed from this research to works by Claude Debussy and Kaija Saariaho. He has presented this research at Claude Debussy in 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland and at the 2016 Performance Studies International Conference.

Dr. Cordle directs If Music Be the Food… Chicago, a benefit concert series designed to support the hunger relief efforts of the UIC Pop-Up Pantry, and Music for All, a community engagement program placing student musicians in local schools and community centers to discuss and perform chamber music. He served as a board member for the American Viola Society for ten years and as treasurer of the OSSIA New Music Collective.

Adam Paul Cordle holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature with minors in Music Theory and Pedagogy and a Master of Music in Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.