Adjunct Instructor, Viola
Nina Bledsoe is a passionate performer, skilled teacher, and an enthusiastic educator. She is currently Adjunct Instructor of Viola at Sam Houston State University where she teaches viola, coaches chamber groups, and performs with the Kolonneh Faculty String Quartet. Ms. Bledsoe is a fervent and versatile chamber musician and has performed with chamber ensembles in the United States and abroad. She seeks out creative non-traditional performance opportunities for presenting new music. As an ardent promoter of new music Ms. Bledsoe has premiered works for string quartet, solo viola, and viola and dance. In addition to an active teaching and performance schedule at SHSU, she is currently serving as the 2018 President of the Houston Viola Society.
Ms. Bledsoe has been the recipient of fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and School and to the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. She won the FSU Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2007, and since then has appeared as a soloist with orchestra on violin and viola.
She holds performances degrees from Florida State University, Georgia State University, and also attended the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Bledsoe is a doctoral candidate at University of Houston. While working towards the doctorate in performance, she also earned a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies.
Her influential teachers include Wayne Brooks, Victoria Chiang, Laurie Carney, and Beth Newdome. She plays on a viola made by Marengo Romanus Rinaldi (Turin, 1897).