Linda Dusman’s compositions provide stimulating and thought-provoking listening experiences for audiences throughout the world. Her work has been awarded by the State of Maryland in 2004 and 2006 (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories), 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. 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 she was a Visiting Professor at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, and also lectured at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi” in Milano.
Linda Dusman has returned to the theater in her collaboration in 2007 with actress Wendy Salkind on a sonic environment for a performance of Gertrude Stein’s novel Ida. Her duo for piccolo and alto flute entitled AnUunsubstantial Territory was premiered by the inHale duo in Italy in 2008. Other recent composition projects include a commission from violinist Airi Yoshioka for magnificat 3: lament, for solo violin and electronics, involving collaboration with interactive animator Alan Price. This work constitutes the third in a series of compositions entitled magnificat written for members of the contemporary ensemble RUCKUS, in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. O Star Spangled Stripes I was premiered by the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo in 2005. Her works 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 2 live performers and 2 voices on quadraphonic tape, Becoming Becoming Gertrude explored the rhythms of Stein’s simple language in a dynamic evolution across time and space. Becoming Becoming Gertrude (2000), available on Capstone Records, presents a stereo re-mix of the piece. Later works include texts from newspapers (Time and Time Again), an interactive installation inspired by environmental decline that uses bird distress calls and calls of extinct birds (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.
As a frequent contributor to the literature on contemporary music and performance, Dr. Dusman’s 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. Professor Dusman received her doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland in 1988 and earlier degrees from The American University (1974, 1981). She serves as Chair of the Music Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and formerly held the Jeppson Chair in Music at Clark University in Massachusetts.
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