Robert Nordling, is the Principal Conductor of the Baroque on Beaver Island music festival and active as a guest conductor world-wide. He was the founder and music director of the San Francisco based Bay Chamber Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Orquestra Juvenal de Mar del Plata, Argentina, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, the Cedardell Opera Festival Orchestra, the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, Calvin College Orchestra, Trinity University Orchestra and chamber orchestras in Chicago, San Francisco and England. He will appear with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra in March 2015. He has also served on the music faculty of the Calvin College Music Department where he conducted the orchestras and taught in the areas of music history, music appreciation and conducting.
A native of New Jersey, Nordling began his early studies on violin with Stephen Clapp and Paul Zokovsky. Following his undergraduate study at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, he was awarded conducting fellowships to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Herbert Blomstedt and Erich Leinsdorf. He also received conducting fellowships from the Oregon Bach Festival to work with Helmuth Rilling and Cedardell Opera Festival to work with Boris Goldovsky.
Nordling has released recordings of Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Brahms Symphony No. 2, St. Saens Symphony No. 3 and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the Calvin Orchestra. His recording of Mahler Symphony No. 1, the ‘Titan’ won a Telly Award in May of 2008. Recently released was a DVD featuring Beethoven Symphony No. 5.
A sought out clinician and educator, Nordling performs orchestra and music educational clinics and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. Having also worked in the discipline of liturgical music for many years, Nordling has held music positions in California, Washington and Reigate, England. He is active as a composer and arranger.