School of Music

Alexander Trygstad


Alexander Trygstad is a violist and music theory pedagogue who specializes in analysis and performance. 

As a scholar, Dr. Trygstad has presented research in analysis and performance and in music theory pedagogy. Recent highlights include a conference paper presentation at Pedagogy Into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century about using solo repertoire in the classroom, an article in the Journal of the American Viola Society about the Telemann viola concerto, and a lecture recital at the Eastman School of Music on the Brahms viola sonata in Eb major, Op. 120, No. 2. 

Recent performance highlights include a recital at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. with organist Nathan Davy, WXXI Public Radio “Live From Hochstein,” and premiers of new works by Nicolas Bacri and Kenji Bunch as a leading member of the Eastman Viola Ensemble. Past engagements also include appearances in the Eastman Virtuosi Faculty Artist Series, the Roberts Wesleyan College Faculty Chamber Series, the Rochester Bach Festival, the Eastman Bach Cantatas Series, Ossia New Music Ensemble, “If Music Be the Food...", Gibbs & Main, the Lake George Music Festival, the George Eastman House Organ Plus Series, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and won second prize in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition.

Dr. Trygstad holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Viola Performance and Literature and a Master of Arts in the Pedagogy of Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Baylor University.

Departmental Responsibilities

  • Aural Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Applied Viola


  • Eastman School of Music, D.M.A.
  • Eastman School of Music, M.A.
  • Eastman School of Music, M.M. 
  • Baylor University, B.M.