B.M., B.A. St. Olaf College, M.M. University of Illinois, D.M.A. University of Illinois
Lisa Nelson is an Instructional Professor of viola, violin, and string pedagogy, coordinator of the IWU String Preparatory Department, and faculty of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival. As an active chamber musician, she regularly appears in recitals throughout the U.S., Canada, Bulgaria, Italy, Israel, and the Czech Republic.
Lisa Nelson recently finished her doctorate in Viola Performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a double-degree (Bachelor of Music in violin performance and Bachelor of Arts in mathematics) from St. Olaf College, Minnesota, where she graduated summa cum laude with departmental distinction in music. Her teachers have included Masumi Per Rostad, Sherban Lupu, Charles Gray, and Mihai Craioveanu.
Dr. Nelson is a member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and is on faculty of the International Chamber Music Academy in Kyustendil, Bulgaria for young talented musicians. Along with teaching and performing, Lisa Nelson is Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and IWU Cello Camp.