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Samuel Nordrum

Operations Administrator


Samuel Nordrum’s career showcases a life dedicated to education, music, and art. His accomplishments depict a passionate administrator and arts educator via the development and implementation of locally and nationally recognized efforts with regional non-profit arts education entities as well as secondary and higher education institutions.

As a proud Chapman University alumnus, Mr. Nordrum joined the Brain Institute in August 2018 after successfully supporting the launch and establishing operations of Chapman University’s Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. Prior to joining his alma mater, Mr. Nordrum served as Director of Operations and Administration for the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra in Berkeley, California, as Director of Conferencing and Events with Concordia University Irvine, as Activities Director, music educator and conductor in the Irvine, Long Beach, and Newport Mesa Unified School Districts, and as a specialist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. As founder of LIVSUN Productions, an education-based arts presenter and artist consulting agency for regional and emerging artists, Mr. Nordrum has collaborated with organizations such as the Concert Artists Guild, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, California Sound Studios/Wright Records, and the Bangor Symphony.

With over two decades of experience as an operations manager specializing in secondary and higher arts education, event production, and non-profit start-ups, Mr. Nordrum makes his home in South Orange County, California, where he remains connected to the arts community with endeavors as a free-lance violinist, orchestral conductor, and music industry consultant. Along with his wife, who is also a Chapman University alumna and current Chapman staff member of over fifteen years in total, Mr. Nordrum enthusiastically wears many hats as an arts, pediatric cancer, and vision impairments advocate, foodie, enthusiast of many avocations including ice hockey, baseball, golf, and sailing, and, most passionately, as a husband and a father of two beautiful children.