Dr. Adam Paul Cordle

Suzuki violin and viola faculty; chamber music faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Chamber Music
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

DMA, Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester; MM, Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester; BM, Baldwin Wallace University

Significant teachers and mentors: 

His mentors include Phillip Ying, Carol Rodland, Masumi per Rostad, Karin Brown, Louise Zeitlin, Deborah Price, and members of the Cavani and Ying Quartets

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music


Dr. Cordle teaches viola and violin lessons, chamber music coachings, and music theory courses at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Music Institute of Chicago. He coordinates the chamber music programs for the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and the Messiah College Orchestra Camp and teaches viola and violin masterclasses and coaches chamber music at the 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 practice to compositions by Claude Debussy, Kaija Saariaho, and Toru Takemitsu.

Awards and achievements: 

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.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Duo590, Trio Alexander, Suara Quartet