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 and San Diego City College. 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 Boston with her physician/poet husband and a feline bodhisattva named Piccolo.

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3 Responses

  1. Ms. Kernohan,

    Tom Allen on the Music and Company radio show on CBC Radio II this morning mentioned you and your website this morning. Since we are also Metro Detroiters (Roseville) we wanted to say hi and ask if you do any work with Youth or make any local apearances? The reason why I ask is that my son, who is 10, is in his fourth year studying piano over at Marygrove College, and all three of us have season tickets to the Michigan Opera Theatre. Some of his piano experiments are pretty good so far and I know that he will enjoy composing when the time comes.

    Tom Seubert
    Rita Gerstheimer-Seubert

  2. Happy birthday MMN from me and this guy from Youtube (I don’t know if this will work)

  3. Okay so it didn’t work. It was just some guy with funny glasses, and a casio playing happy birthday. Just as well it didn’t show up.

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