Adjunct Professor of Viola
Violist Alex Trygstad is a performer and educator whose passionate pursuits have driven him to forge a diverse career that has taken him through the United States, Canada, and Europe.
As a soloist he was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and won second prize in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition. During the summers he has attended the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop, the Eastman Viola Workshop, and the North American Viola Institute at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, Canada.
Recently, he has participated in a chamber music series titled “If Music Be the Food...”. In this innovative project, Eastman School of Music faculty and students and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra join together to benefit Foodlink, a local food bank in Rochester, NY. Trygstad’s chamber music experience encompasses a variety of styles. In addition to his classical music experience in the Eastman chamber music program and the Lake George Music Festival, from 2007-2010 he was a member of the Baylor Jazz String Quartet, who performed its own rendition of Miles Davis’ album The Birth of the Cool.
As an enthusiastic teacher, Trygstad has held a private studio since 2004 and organized performance opportunities for his students. He is a viola intern at the Eastman Community Music School and has taught several students in Eastman Pathways, a scholarship program that provides Rochester City School District students generous scholarship aid to pursue music studies at Eastman. In Texas, he was on faculty at Academie Musique, the preparatory program at Temple College, where he served as a viola instructor and summer workshop clinician.
In various orchestras, Trygstad has distinguished himself as a leader. He served as principal of the Baylor Chamber Orchestra during its Belgian tour in fall 2011, as rotating principal of the Eastman Philharmonia and Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and as a section member of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in several student-organized ensembles at the Eastman School of Music.
Currently, he is earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Carol Rodland. Trygstad holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Baylor, he studied with Dr. Kathryn Steely.
When not performing or teaching, Mr. Trygstad enjoys reading a book with a good cup of coffee, listening to bluegrass or jazz, tinkering around on his hammered dulcimer, or swing dancing. He and his wife reside in Rochester, NY.