Gladys Nordenstrom

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Gladys Nordenstrom at the soundON Music Festival[1] in La Jolla, CA. January 12, 2014.

Gladys Mercedes Nordenstrom (May 23, 1924 – July 5, 2016) was an American composer.


Gladys Nordenstrom was born in Mora, Minnesota. She studied music at the Institute of Fine Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she received bachelor's and master's degrees. She studied under and then married Austrian composer Ernst Krenek there in 1950. After completing her studies, Nordenstrom worked as an elementary school teacher until she moved with Krenek to California. In the following years, she accompanied her husband to visiting professorships in various locations and sometimes collaborated on works.[2] After his death in 1991, she founded the Ernst Krenek Institute in 1998 and the private foundation Krems die Ernst Krenek in 2004 in Vienna, Austria.[3] In 2006 Gladys Nordenstrom was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.[4][5]

Nordenstrom died on July 5, 2016 in Palm Springs, California, aged 92.[6][7]


Selected works include:

  • Rondo for Flute and Piano (premiere 1948)
  • El Greco fantasy for strings (UA 1966)
  • Swift is death to strike a man In memoriam RF Kennedy (1968)
  • Work for Orchestra III (1974/75)
  • Time 24


  1. ^ "soundON at Athenaeum this weekend". Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  2. ^ "El Greco Phantasie by Gladys Nordenstrom". Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Burtsche, Renate. "Gladys Nordenstrom-Krenek". Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Morak: Ehrung für Gladys N. Krenek - Großes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich verliehen". 11 September 2006. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Who's Who in American Music: Classical. Jaques Cattell Press. 1985. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Komponistin Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek gestorben". Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Death of composer’s American widow, aged 92