B.M., B.A. St. Olaf College, M.M. University of Illinois, D.M.A. University of Illinois
Lisa Nelson is Assistant Professor of Viola, Violin, and String Pedagogy, Director of the String
Preparatory Department, and Executive Director 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 holds her doctorate in Viola Performance and Literature from the University
of Illinois. She also earned a 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 serves as artistic advisor
and faculty of the International Chamber Music Academy in Kyustendil, Bulgaria for
young talented musicians. She has given presentations on viola literature, pedagogy,
and chamber music at American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conferences,
American Viola Society (AVS) Festival, and College Music Society (CMS), and violin/viola
masterclasses in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana, and Washington. Her
newly-release Albany Records CD “Dancing on Glass” with violinist Anna Cromwell and
cellist Mira Frisch features works for strings by leading women composers.