A Dual Career as Composer and Educator:

The daughter of a teacher, Fleeta Martin Woodaman, and a musician, Fred P. Woodaman, Linda grew up in Baldwin, New York. She studied composition with Joseph Wood and Richard Hoffmann at Oberlin Conservatory (B. Mus.), with Alvin Etler at Smith College (M.A.), with Ben Johnston at the University of Illinois, and with Gardner Read at Boston University, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition.

Linda’s compositions include nine works for symphony orchestra, five pieces for mixed media, six multi-movement choral vocal/works, two oratorios, several musical comedies, music for theatrical and dance productions and art exhibits, numerous pieces for piano, chamber ensemble and solo voice, as well as music for children and instruction. All but the most recent works can be found in the Wellesley College Music Library (Boston Composers’ Project) and the American Music Center Collection at the New York Public Library. (For a complete list see WORKS.)

Linda has received national and international recognition for both educational leadership and musical achievement. She was one of twenty-five young composers (one of two women) selected to participate in the 1960 Princeton Seminar in Advanced Musical Studies. In 1986 Linda was commissioned by the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association as Composer of the Year. The resulting composition, “Bachanale," for piano and tape, was performed by Dr. Lily Owyang at the New England Music Teachers’ Association Conference at Notre Dame College, New Hampshire. She has received many composition awards, commissions and grants, including three from the National Endowment for the Arts. (See AWARDS).


Linda has been a presenter at the New York and Heidelberg International Congresses on Women in Music, the American Women Composers’ Tufts University Conference, the Women’s Music Festival at Boston University, and the National League of American Pen Women Conventions. (See ACTIVITIES).


Throughout her career Linda has worked to broaden public awareness and involvement in the arts. She brought to Bunker Hill Community College through a $240,000 CETA grant a program called Arts Alive, involving twenty artists, musicians, dancers and poets for the benefit of college and community.


As a founding member of Womansong International, Linda was instrumental in developing a continuing collaboration between poets, composers and soprano, Leslie Holmes. An accomplished pianist, Linda toured with Miss Holmes throughout the U.S. and Belgium to disseminate songs by women composers through concerts and recordings. http://www.Leslieholmes.net


Other significant performances include performances by Music in Maine Brass Ensemble, the Cambridge Brass Quintet, the Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Northeast Chamber Orchestra, and The Eastern Music Festival. Her works have also been performed on Massachusetts, Maine, Canadian and Paris Radio. She presented a lecture-recital of her music at Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China.


In 1994 Linda received a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Studies from the Union Institute. Her dissertation, Images of Women: Looking Forward, Looking Back, was requested by the Museum of American Artists of the Smithsonian Institution. Her publications include music, music textbooks, articles on creativity, women composers and artists, and faculty and student guides on learning and assessment. (See SCHOLARSHIP and WORKS.)

For many years she maintained two careers—one in music and one in higher education. She was selected to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development for aspiring community college administrators. She served as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs at Bunker Hill Community College and Academic Dean of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Always initiating innovative educational and arts programs, she provided leadership in the Bachelor of Arts and Education Programs at Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts for over twenty years. After moving to Las Cruces she continued to serve on the faculties of Cambridge College, Lesley University, and the University of Phoenix until 2012.

Publications include a CD, AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: Three Piano Compositions recorded by Linda at her alma mater, Oberlin Conservatory (CDBaby and Amazon); Suites 1 and 2 will be published by Hildelgard this year.

Literary publications include BETWEEN MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, A Collection of Poems and Lyrics across Generations (Lulu and Amazon); THE PRINCESS WHO COULD BE YOU, Books 1 and 2, and The PRINCE WHO COULD BE YOU, BOOK 1 (www.smashwords.com and amazon.com, 2016, 2017). This series is for teens, parents, teachers and others who wish to help with teen problems.