Nina Bledsoe Knight
Nina Bledsoe Knight, DMA, is a professional musician with degrees in violin and viola. She enjoys a versatile career as a performer, educator, and program director.
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 Director of Operations for Brazos Music and runs a thriving teaching studio in Houston, TX. With over half a decade of experience teaching in higher education, Nina seeks to prepare students for more than just their musical goals. Working with university students inspired her to reach out beyond the college classroom and work with musicians from a variety of backgrounds and abilities. By combining compassion, kindness, clear direction, and high quality instruction Nina provides a safe and nurturing environment for students.
Houston Viola Society
From 2017-2021 Nina served as an active board member of the Houston Viola Society. Over the years, she held a number of roles on the Executive Committee. She served as President (2018-2019) and helped the organization obtain 501c3 status, served as VP and Secretary (2019-2021), and created the marketing subcommittee for the organization in 2020.