Genres: Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Jazz, Pop, Experimental, Rock
Linda is a performing and teaching artist creating experiences out of New York City. Born in Michigan, she has had the privilege of studying with Marti McConnell, Molly Filmore, Martha Sheil, Stanford Olsen, and Jacqui Bobak. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan where she performed in the operas “Die Zauberflöte,” “Dead Man Walking,” and as “Clorinda” in “La Cenerentola.” She then went on to earn her MFA in Voice Arts as a Lillian Disney Scholar from California Institute of the Arts, where she starred as “Union Organizer” in the a cappella, atonal opera “Sweat.” While at CalArts she also voice acted in numerous student animations, sang in the noise ensemble, Sonic Boom, and collaborated with several internationally renowned artists and ensembles, including Dada Divas, Ulrich Krieger, Aashish Khan, and Wolfgang Von Schweinitz. Other roles include “Titania” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Mimì” in La bohéme, “Christine” in Phantom of the Opera, “Judy” in White Christmas, and “Eponine” in Les Miserables.
Linda is the primary creator of “Try Me.,” a collage opera featuring a selection of music written by female-identifying composers for female-identifying vocalists. Utilizing the form of a vocal recital, “Try Me.” explores musical narrative, leitmotif, physical theater, and nonlinear storytelling. Inspired by Libby Larsen's “Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII,” the narrative recital partners music from the past 600 years with gestural design and movement, creating a multi-layered narrative experience.
Linda’s teaching philosophy is grounded in the idea that anyone and everyone can sing. She focuses on helping students discover how their individual instrument works in the healthiest way possible, while enhancing the specific sound that their instrument is physically meant to produce. She hopes that her students enter each lesson with a curious, open mind, and are ready to make mistakes.