Miss Music Nerd’s Biography

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Miss Music Nerd, a.k.a. Linda Kernohan, is a composer, pianist, educator and writer. She has taught music appreciation to unsuspecting college students and private piano lessons to adorable K-12 kids. She has contributed to NewMusicBox, a multimedia publication dedicated to the music of American composers, and Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s cultural talk magazine, and she was the classical blogger for the Grammy Awards for five years. Her music has been performed across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent work is Demon/Daemon for solo flute, commissioned by The Phoenix Concerts and new music advocate and flutist extraordinaire Lindsey Goodman, and premiered in February 2016.

Other works include A Book of Hours, a cycle of piano pieces based on the writings of Thomas Merton, and 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.

Past 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 and organist, she has performed her own music as well as that of her fellow composers and works from the traditional repertoire. She has played 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 and private piano lessons at the elementary and secondary levels.

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 to sustain this dream life over the long term, but she still subscribes to the New York Times Sunday edition.

She now lives in Columbus, Ohio with her physician/poet husband Brian McMichael (a.k.a. McDoc), a very handsome Australian Cattle Dog named Lucky, and a sweet and loving feline murderess named Ariadne (Ari for short). Her feline bodhisattva, Piccolo, went to the Rainbow Bridge on September 9, 2014, after 17 wonderful years; he lives on in her heart.

Linda is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.


Miss Music Nerd’s Biography — 3 Comments

  1. Linda – thanks for your good words on too may notes the other night. I just read your post and appreciated your thoughts!

    Tell me, do you have choral music I should see? I try to do a few new things a year at venerable parish church; not enough, I’m afraid. I have a recently developed crush on Sulpetia Cesis but dead women don’t count I guess. (She is so cool in a retro kind of way)! I’d be happy to supply you with a CD of our group so you could see what we’re up to. Or go to sstephen.org. click on music.

    Thanks again and tell McDoc I said hi!

    Best, Jas.

  2. Hi, Mr. B. — Thanks for your comment! I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve written for chorus and orchestra but not chorus alone or with keyboard. I really want to, and it will help if you and Jeffrey Mills keep prodding me about it! 🙂

  3. I have piano solos from two CDs and a bit more that I need to have transcribed. I wonder what your rate might be for this. You can hear brief sections of my music on my website–I’m currenlty trying to change this but have so far been unsucessful, so the bits are all I have there. But if you’ll listen I think you’ll see my music is not overly complex. I like melody for one thing. I’m also an NYC refugee, but still get the New Yorker. I look forward to hearing from you.

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