Dr. Linda Dusman
Composition, sound art, feminist theory, interdisciplinary arts
B. Mus. American University (1978)
Linda Dusman’s compositions and sonic art explore the richness of contemporary life, from the personal to the political. Her work has been awarded by the State of Maryland in 2004, 2006, and 2011 (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories), the International Alliance for Women in Music, Meet the Composer, the Swiss Women's Music Forum, the American Composers Forum, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. In 2009 she was honored as a Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was invited to serve as composer in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano in 2003. In the fall of 2006 Dr. Dusman was a Visiting Professor at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, and while there also lectured at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi” in Milano.
Linda Dusman returned to the theater in her 2007 collaboration with actress Wendy Salkind on a sonic environment for a performance of Gertrude Stein’s novel Ida, and a setting of Stein’s Miss Furr and Miss Skeene. Triptych of Gossips was premiered by the Chui/LaBarbara duo in March 2010. In 2009, clarinetist E. Michael Richards premiered Skra, and The New Music Ensemble at Towson premiered her piano trio Diverging Flints. Earlier composition projects include a work for violinist Airi Yoshioka entitled magnificat 3: lament, for solo violin and electronics, involving collaboration with interactive animator Alan Price, and magnificat 2: still for the Tanosaki/Richards Duo. The Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo premiered O Star Spangled Stripes in 2005. Her works are published by I Resound Press and Silent Editions, and are recorded on the NEUMA, Capstone, and New Albany labels.
As a sound artist, Dusman began experimenting with spatialized texts in the 1980s with a passage from Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans. Originally designed for quadraphonic tape, Becoming Becoming Gertrude explored the rhythms of Stein’s simple language in a dynamic evolution. Becoming Becoming Gertrude 2, available on Capstone Records, presents a stereo re-mix of the piece. Subsequent works include an interactive installation inspired by environmental decline using bird distress calls (and a voice was heard in Rama), and Mixed Messages, which uses telephone answering machine messages and an antique telephone switchboard as an interactive device. Mixed Messages was premiered at the University of New Mexico Museum of Art in 2005, and locations for other installations include the Pierogi 2000 gallery in New York, the alternative alternative exhibition on Wall Street, Dartmouth College, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Magnificat 4: Ida Ida was released on the Sounding Out! DVD in 5.1 surround by Everglade Records in 2010.
Dr. Dusman is founding editor of I Resound Press, a digital press/archive for music by women composers (http://iresound.umbc.edu). As a frequent contributor to the literature on contemporary music and performance, her articles have appeared in the journals Link, Perspectives of New Music, and Interface, as well as a number of anthologies. She was a founding editor of the journal Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and is as an associate editor for Perspectives of New Music. Former holder of the Jeppeson Chair in Music at Clark University, she is currently Professor of Music at UMBC in Baltimore, where she served as department chair from 2000-08.