Dr. Adam P. Cordle

Viola, Violin Teacher

Adam Cordle

SAA Member


Chicago, IL

Adam Paul Cordle has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician in venues and concert series throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Carnegie Hall, Bath Spa University, Bloomsburg University, the Cornell University Contemporary Chamber Players, Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield University, Marshall University, the Ossia New Music Collective, the Rochester Public Library, and the Rockwell Museum. He performs with Trio Alexander, a flute-viola-harp ensemble; collaborates in duo partnerships with violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, pianist Edith Widayani, and soprano Susan Hochmiller; and serves as principal violist of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Cordle currently serves on the faculty at Gettysburg College, where he teaches viola, violin, chamber music, string methods, string pedagogy, aural skills, music theory, and music appreciation. Dr. Cordle directs a studio and chamber music program in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; he also teaches at the Los Angeles and Oregon Suzuki Institutes and runs the chamber music program at the Messiah College Summer Orchestra Camp.

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 currently serves as a board member for the American Viola Society. He directs If Music Be the Food… Gettysburg, a benefit concert series designed to support the hunger relief efforts by the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, and Music for All, a community engagement program placing student musicians in local schools and community centers to discuss and perform chamber music. He has previously served 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. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.