Nina Bledsoe Knight

The Planner

Hey y’all, I am Nina and I am a planner. I always have been. But what I’ve learned about planning is: be ready to pivot. Be ready to change. Be ready for your whole life to get turned upside down, flipped around, and end up going full speed in another direction.

We have a few choices in these scenarios:  a) go with the river currents, b) turn your nose to the wind and paddle like there’s no tomorrow, or c) drown. While I still find myself tossed by the waves and shocked by the currents occasionally, I’ve learned to flow with currents and let the river smooth the hard edges, slowly turning my rocky-rock places into smooth river rocks. I’ve also learned that those paddling into the wind times have shaped me the most. And option c) is not OK by me. 

So why am I telling you this?

Because changes shape me. Huge, life altering changes are why I do what I do and why I continue to look forward and help others. Since college, life events impact my teaching philosophy, my sense of community, and my performance style. At the intersection of my personal and professional life I believe in three things: compassion, kindness, and creativity.

So, you’re here.

Maybe you know me and maybe you don’t yet. But for some reason you’ve stopped by my site. Perhaps you want to take violin or viola lessons, or need some counseling on how to get into music school or grad school, or you are interested in the podcast, or you are looking for classical musician/violist/stepmom/yogi/stringteacher/LGBTQ ally/academic blog, or you really want to join in the exclusive string teacher co-op. Whatever brought you here, know that I’m glad you’re here and can’t wait to talk with you.

Professional Bio


Nina Bledsoe Knight, DMA, is a professional musician with degrees in violin and viola. She enjoys a versatile career as a performer, educator, and business owner. 

The Love to Teach and Perform

Throughout her life, her love of performing and teaching was fostered by her parents and influential music teachers. While a college student she was awarded fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. The fellowship opportunities instilled a sense of gratitude and purpose and shaped the way Nina teaches and performs


Performance and teaching opportunities have taken her to concert halls, universities, and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In Houston, Texas, Nina maintains an active performance schedule. In recent years she has performed with local chamber ensembles including the Kolonneh String Quartet, the Axiom Quartet (2015-2018), Aperio, and the Texas New Music Ensemble. As an ardent supporter of new music, she has premiered new works for string quartet, solo viola, viola and cello, and viola and dance.


In addition to performing, she enjoys opportunities as a guest clinician and lecturer at schools and festivals. Currently, Nina serves as the Adjunct Instructor of Viola at Sam Houston State University and runs a thriving teaching studio in Houston, TX. By combining compassion, kindness, clear direction, and high quality instruction Nina provides a safe and nurturing environment for students.

Houston Viola Society

Since 2017 Nina has been an active board member of the Houston Viola Society. Over the years, she has served a number of roles on the Executive Committee. She served as President (2018-2019) and helped the organization obtain 501c3 status. Currently, Nina serves as the VP and Secretary and is in charge of marketing for the organization. 

Other Ventures

When not pursuing scholarly and musical endeavors, Nina collaborates with her husband, Dan. In 2020 they launched the podcast Pivot Party.