Linda Minke


Linda Minke was brought up in a family which appreciated informal music such as Barbershop quartets, player piano rolls, and singing. Linda begged for and received piano lessons in second grade, played any instrument she could get her hands on in Junior Choir at church, and then had the good fortune to take viola in the public school strings program in fifth grade. She switched to cello in eighth grade, played bass in the high school jazz band, glockenspiel in the marching band, and sang alto in the Madrigal Choir at Rochester High in Michigan. When she started college at Northern Michigan University she was a double major in voice and cello. But after one semester, Linda knew that cello was for her and that she needed to buckle down and get serious with it.

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I want the patrons of the symphony to know that I am devoted to classical music and to teaching it as a means to self-improvement and enjoyment of life. For me, living in this society, music has been a beacon, guiding me toward a life worth living. I love to wonder where does this music really come from? Where do composers get their ideas?

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
If I weren’t a professional musician, I’d be teaching and/or counseling children ages 5 - 10. 

Do you have a favorite team?
My favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers because of pleasant memories going to games with my Dad. 

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is chocolate. 

Who is your favorite composer?
My favorite composer is Dvorak. 

What music to do you listen to?
In the car I listen to Barber Symphony No.1 and John Browning’s Rachmaninov preludes. Also to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. 

Bachelor’s degree in music education and music performance, Northern Michigan University. Master’s degree in cello performance from Memphis State University.