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 to become a fine teacher was cultivated by pursuit of every course in violin and viola pedagogy available. Influential Suzuki teacher trainers include Mark Bjork, Edward Kreitman, Edmund Sprunger, Cathy Lee, Elizabeth Stuen-Walker and Daina Volodka-Staggs. Linda also gained depth of knowledge for teaching children through the study of early childhood development, Dalcroze Eurythmics, Creative Ability Development and Paul Rolland methodology. Attending Suzuki Institutes throughout the country every summer provides her with continued growth and inspiration.
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, 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. A leader in local professional organizations such as MTAC and SMAC, Linda has fostered greater unity in our teaching community. She also is responsible for organizing local events that inspire and educate students and parents. 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.