Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom

A member of the American Guild of Organists since 1966, Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom was until recently music director and organist at St. George's Episcopal Church, Sanford, Maine.

A graduate in political science, she developed her Music Appreciation (101 and -2 and -3) and writing skills at Middlebury College in Vermont. She wrote the first Arts column in her native state: "Des Beaux Arts in New Hampshire," for the Manchester Union Leader. She often reviewed NH Music Festival concerts for The Telegram.

The "naturalized North Carolinian" initially relocated with her family from New Hampshire to Winston-Salem, where she wrote "Spotlight on the Arts," in Steve Neal's The Suburbanite. She also represented performing artists there in the '70s. Later, she and her husband, Everett, lived in Chapel Hill, where she researched, published and marketed Outdoor Drama and he was, during most of the '80s, Executive Director of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, retiring in 1990. Prior to relocating to Maine in the summer of 2004, they lived in Pinehurst and Raleigh. For a couple of years, she was program director for Women of Weymouth and was Dean of the Sandhills Chapter, American Guild of Organists. She wrote occasional reviews for The Pilot. In 1998, she founded the Handel On Hungerannual events in the Sandhills; she hopes that there will be delayed spin-offs to "feed His flock like a shepherd" (Isaiah 40:11) everywhere that Messiah is performed or given in "sing along" readings.

Nordstrom has edited her husband's manuscript, How The Dome Was Done, which relates his professional fund-raising experience as Campaign Director for the late Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles and the Educational Foundation of UNC.

In 2004, she moved from NC to Maine. She is a founder of Classical Voice of New England.

 

Articles by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom:

Frederick Moyer, a Pianist with NC Roots, Uses High-Tech in Maine

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 18, 2005

Raleigh Ringers Repertory

Handbell Ensemble Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 13, 2004

Overtones at Bösendorfer Hall

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  May 30, 2004

NCMC Salutes "This Great Land"

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  May 20, 2004

God's Trombones, Gospel & Spirituals

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  May 7, 2004

Concert Singers of Cary Perform Cathedral Music

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  May 1, 2004

The Brilliance of Archiglas

Vocal Ensemble Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  April 13, 2004

Winds in Duke Gardens

Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  April 10, 2004

Cumberland Oratorio Singers' Mozart Requiem

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  March 14, 2004

Haydn's Big Bang in Rocky Mount

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  March 13, 2004

Pruett, Wissick, & Love Present SEHKS Concert

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  March 12, 2004

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra's Afternoon "Bumps in the Night"

Chamber Orchestra Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  February 29, 2004

A Heartfelt February 14 Performance by CMSLC

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  February 14, 2004

NCS Pops: From Broadway with Love

Orchestral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  January 18, 2004

Handel's Cellists Remembered

Chamber Music, Vocal Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  January 17, 2004

Edenton Street UMC Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

Opera Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  January 4, 2004

Nutcracker in Winston-Salem

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  December 7, 2003

Grinch Steals the Show from the RSO

Choral Music, Holiday Concert, Orchestral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 29, 2003

Triangle Youth Philharmonic

Youth Orchestra Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 23, 2003

Muti's Engaging Dynamics a Breeze

Chamber Orchestra Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 16, 2003

An Afternoon in Versailles

Vocal Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 15, 2003

Piano & Winds of Peace

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  September 29, 2003

Soprano Rebecca Swingle-Putland & Friends

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  September 2, 2003

Sights & Sounds on Sundays Launches 5th Season

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  July 27, 2003

ADF Musicians Concert

Contemporary Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 29, 2003

Ruggero Piano Presents Series Opener: Fourth Friday Mix

Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 27, 2003

John Boozer Conducts Elijah

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 16, 2003

Raleigh Ringers Pre-Solstice Concert

Handbell Ensemble Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 14, 2003

Dianne Reeves, Celebrating Sarah Vaughan, Improvises on the Theme of Rain

Orchestral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  June 7, 2003

NCMC Chamber Choir Takes Audience to France

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  May 15, 2003

The Raleigh Boychoir in Concert

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  April 27, 2003

Youth Chorus and Orchestra of Kiev Visits Pinehurst

Choral Music, Youth Orchestra Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  March 18, 2003

DoubleAction Presents Universally Pleasing Chamber Music

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  March 16, 2003

Quaternion (of NCCU) Plays at the NCMA

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  February 23, 2003

Pianist Clifton Matthews in Southern Pines

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  February 2, 2003

A Night At the Opera II

Vocal Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  January 28, 2003

Messiah in Southern Pines

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  December 21, 2002

Handel's Messiah at Duke Chapel

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  December 8, 2002

A.J. Fletcher Fellows at Weymouth

Vocal Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 3, 2002

World-Class Bohéme Pleases GOC Opening Night Audience

Opera Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  November 1, 2002

NC Winds Blow Too Strongly for Kenan

Wind Ensemble Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 27, 2002

Piedmont Chamber Singers' Silver Anniversary

Choral Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 19, 2002

Paul Green Family Supports Weymouth Music Endowment

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 13, 2002

The Saint-Clair Trio at Weymouth

Chamber Music Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 6, 2002

Weill's Lost in the Stars

Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  October 4, 2002

Organist Frederick Swann

Recital Review by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom,  September 11, 2002