Dr. Kevin Sütterlin
The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg
Endowed Orchestra Chair
Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. A dedicated 21st century musician, Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, non-traditional forms of musical experience.
Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Opera and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College, where he and his colleagues received the prestigious EMMY award for 2016’s nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concert productions. He is Music Director and Conductor of The Concordia Orchestra and Concordia Opera. Further, Sütterlin is founding Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for Memphis’s most diverse communities. The ensemble presents historically informed performances of Viennese Classical music in fresh and innovative ways. Perhaps the only ensemble in the US with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis’s conductors Mathias Elmer and Kevin Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra’s credo: friendship through music.
Sütterlin is very passionate about working with young musicians. He holds The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Orchestra Chair of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. Sütterlin currently serves as Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras and Conductor of the Minnesota All-State Orchestra.
Considering himself a "citizen of the world," Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across four different continents, and has led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours. He has performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. Sütterlin’s upcoming season includes guest engagements with The University of Hawaii, the Youth Orchestra Project of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory, and Qingdao Civic Orchestra (China), Stelle Toscane Music Festival (Italy), the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Appleton, Wisconsin, Connecticut College, the Lima Symphony in Ohio, and the Montgomery Symphony and Ballet in Alabama.
Sütterlin is third prize winner of the prestigious American Prize in Orchestral Conducting 2017. He is an awardee of the Hirschmann Foundation scholarship of Switzerland, the Hendrickson Fine Arts Grant, the University of Memphis International Research scholarship, and the University of Memphis Creative Achievement Award.
Championing new music, Sütterlin has commissioned and recorded works of numerous living composers, including René Clausen, Adam Hochstatter, Paul Cravens, and Doug Harbin, among others. He is one of the leading scholars of the music of American composer Dominick Argento. Sütterlin’s recording collaborations include numerous CD and DVD productions.
Before joining the faculty at Concordia College in 2016, Sütterlin served The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music as Acting Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera. Sütterlin received his doctorate and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in conducting from the Hochschule Luzern – Musik, Switzerland.