About Miss Music Nerd

lk-color-small.jpgComposer and pianist Linda Kernohan has had her music performed across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent première was Concerto for Theremin and Chamber Orchestra, commissioned by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and performed by them in March 2008 with thereminist Scott Paulson.

In September 2007, she completed The 30 Days Project, an online composition project during which she wrote a short piece every day for 30 days and posted a recording online.

Other commissions have included Four Memoriales for viola and piano, for violist Ralph Farris of the cutting-edge string quartet ETHEL, and Now, A Wanderer, for the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. She has also had works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, the Aspen Music Festival, the Frau Musica (nova) festival in Cologne, and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague. Awards received include an Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Scholarship and a BMI Student Composer Award.

As a pianist, she has frequently performed her own music as well as music by her fellow composers and works from the standard repertoire. She has performed in a wide variety of venues, from a West Hollywood nightclub to the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. From 2000 to 2002 she was one half of the Geisel Library Toy Piano duo with Scott Paulson, and she appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and on PBS’s California’s Gold with Huell Howser. She has also performed as a chamber musician, vocal accompanist, church musician and music theater pianist.

Linda holds a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in music composition from New York University, and is currently in the final stages of a Ph.D. in composition from U.C. San Diego.

Linda has taught courses in music theory, music history and class piano at New York University, U.C. San Diego, San Diego City College, and Community College of Allegheny County. She has also taught class piano at the high school level and private piano lessons.

She was born in St. Louis, and grew up in Northern California’s Napa Valley. A fervent city girl at heart, she realized her dream of moving to the mythical realm that she always considered her spiritual home — New York City — in her carefree post-college days. Alas, the rents were too high and the apartments too small and run-down to sustain this dream life over the long term. But she still subscribes to the New York Times Sunday edition.

She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her physician/poet husband and a feline bodhisattva named Piccolo, and a canine trickster named Lucky.


About Miss Music Nerd — 5 Comments

  1. Hi Lindy Lou,
    Wow, I have had you on my mind so much this last week, wondering how you were doing. I am delighted to see that you are settling in so well with McDoc, Piccolo, and your music.
    I am so excited about your website. Keep me posted on further developments.
    How is your family, especially your dad?
    Love to you, McDoc (handsome man!!!!!), and Piccolo

  2. Hello Miss MN – Just thought I’d warn you; I’ve added a link to your blog on mine. I like the way you write.

    What brought you to T.O. and Casa Loma?

  3. Nerds are cool, musical nerds cooler. But add kossack and my goodness, I am smitten.
    Nice site, see you around.

  4. A quickie reminder (feel free to trash after reading) – the re-jigged CBC Radio 2 debuts Tuesday a.m.

    Looking forward to any comments you might have. N.

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