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Dr. Katrin Meidell - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Katrin Meidell

Associate Professor of Music

Schwob School of Music


Violist Katrin Meidell, DMA, enjoys a prolific career as a performer, pedagogue, and lecturer. Her diverse abilities have taken her across the USA, to Canada, Finland, Austria, Poland, Brazil, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. A strong proponent of new music, she consistently premieres works commissioned by and written for her. In addition to frequent solo and orchestral engagements, she performs chamber music on a regular basis, often with Violet (, of which she is a founding member with Dr. Elizabeth Crawford, clarinet. Their self-titled debut album was released on Albany Records in 2019. In the orchestral setting, she has performed with the Indianapolis and Fort Worth Symphonies, the Fort Wayne and Boston Philharmonics, and freelance orchestras throughout Georgia, Indiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.

In addition to blogging about her musical life at, Meidell has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, and now serves as a proud Board Member for the organization.

She is a Karen Tuttle Coordination pedagogue, with her most recent master class engagements at the International Viola Congress (Netherlands), the Poznań International Viola Forum (Poland), Boston University, the University of North Texas, West Virginia University, Illinois State University, University of Tennessee, and the University of Northern Colorado.

She worked for six years in a Harvard neuroscience lab, studying the brains of musicians. More recently, she focused on Music and Medicine, a field in which she has worked towards finding a comprehensive answer to why string players are prone to injury. She regularly presents these findings and other pedagogical sessions at regional, national, and international conferences.

Meidell holds degrees from Boston University, New England Conservatory, and the University of North Texas, where her viola teachers were Michelle LaCourse, Carol Rodland, and Dr. Susan Dubois. Before switching from violin to viola in 2001, she studied violin with Geda Khatutskaya and Dana Mazurkevich. Dr. Meidell taught at Ball State University from 2013-2018, and is delighted to have joined the faculty of the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, in Fall 2018.

When not working, she enjoys outdoor activities and knitting. For more, please visit

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