Salerno-Sonnenberg’s work as a resident artist at Loyola University’s College of Music and Fine Arts has shown exceptional results. Through her main focus – her work with the conductor-less string orchestra, which she implemented as part of her residency and her collaborations with faculty and her mentoring of students, master classes, participation in Loyola’s Music Industry Studies forums, recital hours and performances with the all-student chambe orchestra, The Loyola Strings, leading from the concert master’s seat - she has led a unique, sea-changing shift in the way the university’s school of music teaches string music.


“Our experience with the concept of a conductor-less chamber orchestra that Nadja introduced at Loyola has exceeded our expectations,” says Anthony Decuir, Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts. “The musicality of The Loyola Strings has increased immensely. The members of our orchestra have seized this opportunity with a level of enthusiasm and preparedness that we had not anticipated, and our music faculty has a new- found sense of reward in their roles as teachers. Nadja has positively contributed to our music department, and we expect that we will settle into an even more productive rhythm in the coming year, as this program continues to mature.”

"When's the last time you saw orchestra players practically bounce and definitely sway in their seats while playing in concert?” asks John Snyder, Chair, Music Industry Studies at Loyola and a five-time Grammy Award-winning producer. “The energy cast off by Nadja's passion for performance and teaching is infectious. It changes you. You cannot possibly be around artistry of that level without being affected by it and made better because of it."

“Our move to a conductor-less chamber ensemble is an innovative approach at the university level that has built the collaborative skills and musicality of our string students, as we hope to foster an avant-garde music performance and teaching at Loyola,” says Jean Montes, Loyola’s Director of Orchestras. Students are experiencing playing music in a different way, with more attention to the importance of each individual’s role and responsibility to the overall quality of performance, which aims to prepare them for the 21st century market place.”

Visit Loyola’s webpage to learn more about Nadja’s work as Resident Artist.