Academy of the ArtsSamuel Nordlund is active as a performer, teacher and conductor. A cello instructor for the Academy of the Arts, Nordlund is also on the faculty of Samford University, where he teaches cello and plays with the faculty Samford Quartet. He has served as music director of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Central Alabama and as assistant director of performance activities at the Music Institute of Chicago. Nordlund is a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and frequently plays with the Tuscaloosa Symphony. As a conductor, he has directed the 2013 Alabama ASTA Honors string orchestra and served as guest conductor for the inaugural concert of the Cave Run Symphony in Morehead, Kentucky. He is currently pursuing the doctorate of musical arts from the University of Alabama, where he has been a member of the Capstone Quartet, a graduate fellowship ensemble. Nordlund is currently collaborating with Kevin Chance to record all four of Lowell Liebermann’s Sonatas for Cello and Piano. After earning his bachelor of music degree in cello performance, magna cum laude, from The University of Alabama, Nordlund moved to Chicago where he earned his master of music degree at Northwestern University. His primary instructors have been Carlton McCreery and Hans Jensen. Additionally, he has studied at the Music Academy of the West, the Kent/Blossom Festival, Encore School for Strings, Brevard Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and with teachers including Richard Aaron, Stephen Geber, Alan Stepansky, Jonathan Pegis and Richard Hirschl. In the summer of 2006, Nordlund was the teaching assistant for Hans Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music. Nordlund has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, along with the Illinois Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with the symphony orchestras of Fort Wayne (Indiana), Elmhurst (Illinois), and Tupelo (Mississippi). He has been a substitute player with the Chicago, Milwaukee, Charleston and Alabama symphony orchestras. As a soloist, Nordlund has performed with the Huntsville Symphony and twice with the Huxford Symphony as two-time winner of the University of Alabama’s concerto and aria competition.