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Dominic Dousa, piano and Stephen Nordstrom, viola

Dominic Dousa, piano and Stephen Nordstrom, viola

Dominic Dousa, piano and Stephen Nordstrom, viola

Mountain Entertainment Group for the Arts presents Dominic Dousa, piano and Stephen Nordstrom, viola

Musical Landscapes of the American Southwest

Composer-pianist Dominic Dousa and violist Stephen Nordstrom present a recital of original music inspired by the land broadly referred to as the American Southwest, a wide-ranging region from the Great Plains of western Texas to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the desert lands of New Mexico and Arizona. The works on this program evoke the spirit of a land with a storied history and captivating natural beauty.


Stephen Nordstrom joined the UTEP Department of Music faculty in the fall of 2014. Prior to coming to El Paso, he taught violin and viola at Indiana University East and Earlham College, where he also served as the Visiting Director of Orchestral Activities in 2013. Dr. Nordstrom completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in violin and orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He earned both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree from CCM and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas. Mr. Nordstrom’s primary violin teachers include Won-Bin Yim and Philip Lewis. He has studied orchestral conducting with Ai Khai Pung, Mark Gibson, and Donald Portnoy.


As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Abilene Philharmonic and served as concertmaster for festivals in Italy and the United States. Dr. Nordstrom is an avid chamber musician as well, having performed in recitals and with his quartet in Italy, Austria, China, Canada, and throughout the United States. He is a former winner of the CCM Concerto Competition, performing Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, and as a native of South Texas, a two-time winner of the Corpus Christi Young Artist's Preparatory Competition.


Dominic Dousa, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, has been a member of the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music since 2004. At UTEP, he has taught courses in theory, aural skills, and composition. He holds degrees in music from Ball State University (D.A.), Central Michigan University (M.M.), and Harvard University (A.B. summa cum laude), and in statistics from Iowa State University (M.S.), and has also studied composition in Prague.  His primary composition teachers include Jody Nagel, David Gillingham, Craig Weston, and Milan Slavický.


Dousa’s compositions have received performances at recitals, festivals, and conferences in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Peru, Korea, and China. He has works published by TRN Music and Dorn Publications, with forthcoming works to be published by Grand Mesa Music and Classical Vocal Reprints.  Two of Dousa’s song cycles, With a Song in My Heart and Six Songs on the Poetry of Langston Hughes, are available on a CD released by Blue Griffin Recording. This CD features art songs set to texts of African American poets. Recently Blue Griffin released “Lands of Enchantment”, a CD of Dousa’s music for piano-4 hands, and will release a CD of the works on today’s program in the fall.


In addition to teaching and composing, he has remained active as an accompanist and chamber musician, performing in events such as El Paso Pro Musica’s renowned Chamber Music Festival.