Linda Robbins Coleman is an internationally acclaimed composer especially in the areas of orchestra and chamber music. She served as the Composer-in-Residence with the Cedar Rapids Symphony
Orchestra for the 1994-96 seasons, the first Iowa woman to hold this position with any orchestra. She was invited back during the 2001-02 season to help the CRSO celebrate their 80th anniversary. During the 1995-97 seasons Coleman also became Composer-in-Residence with the Wartburg Community Symphony. A native of Des Moines, she is a graduate of Drake University and has studied with the Greek National Theatre. From 1977-97 Coleman was Composer-in-Residence for Drake Theatre, scoring thirty-five plays ranging from the ancient Greeks to the moderns. An accomplished pianist, Coleman has been performing since the age of six and worked professionally as a jazz and classical soloist and accompanist. She was on the Iowa Arts Council Arts to Go performing
artist roster with singer Nancy Cooper for five years touring with their program, Music for the Grand Salon.
She has been recipient of more than 80 commissions for compositions ranging from chamber to symphonic music, and from jazz to theatre and film. To date her music has been performed and broadcast in more than thirty states in the USA, as well as Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Her music has been performed by more than seventy organizations ranging from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Chelsea Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Garden State Philharmonic orchestras, to regional and local professional,
community, and university ensembles and individuals. Many orchestras have performed more than one of Coleman’s works, and new commissions have often followed as a result. In her home state of Iowa, her music has been performed by 15 orchestras and numerous chamber ensembles. Coleman is considered one of the growing number of important women composers especially in the areas of orchestral and chamber music.
For more than three decades she served as editor and research partner to Professor William S. E. Coleman, working on materials related to William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody and the 19th century Lakotas;
the escape of the Danish Jews from Nazi persecution in 1943; and modern productions of ancient Greek plays by the Greek National Theatre. From 1988-2000 she served as research associate and copy editor for the book Voices of Wounded Knee, detailing the events and attitudes leading to the 1890 Massacre and the end of the Plains Indian Wars. It was published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2000 and is currently available at bookstores and online.
On May 16, 2008, Linda Robbins Coleman was awarded Drake University’s distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at the Drake National Awards Dinner. This honor is bestowed annually to one
individual for outstanding achievement in a career or profession and reflects the pride of Drake University in those achievements.
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