She continued to pursue her passion for music at The University of Texas at Austin earning a Bachelor of Music. Upon meeting luminary pedagog Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Master of Music, her interest in teaching began. Her passion was cultivated by pursuit of every course in violin pedagogy available including Suzuki training with Mark Bjork. Her commitment to becoming a fine teacher also led her to spend summers at Steven’s Point Suzuki Institute where she trained with Edward Kreitman.
At the University of Minnesota, Linda also discovered her affinity for viola and spent several years in the Doctoral program studying with renowned teachers and performers Korey Konkol and Thomas Turner. In the Twin Cities area, Linda was on faculty at the “Bravo!” Summer String Institute at University of Minnesota, and the St. Joseph School of Music. In more recent years, she studied Peak Performance skills with Don Greene and is considered a specialist in helping musicians of all ages optimize their potential as performers.
Linda has taken the stage as a member of National Repertory Orchestra, Cascade Festival Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and Orchestra Nova San Diego. Other highlights include performing with Pacific Symphony, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. Currently she performs frequently with the San Diego Symphony, where she has shared the stage with distinguished artists such as Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma. She performs regularly with Classics 4 Kids Philharmonic, California Chamber Orchestra and is the violinist in Ardor Trio. Linda is the newly appointed Strings Director for the Solana Beach School District and also coaches the Mira Mesa High School violin sections. She enjoys teaching private violin and viola lessons at her home studio in San Diego where she lives with her husband, son and daughter.
Linda began her adventures in violin as an eager fourth grade volunteer. Her hand shot in the air when the teacher asked for a demonstrator to hold a violin for the first time. It was love at first sight and she came home and begged for a violin.