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Michael Linton


Michael Linton
Professor, Coordinator of Theory & Composition

Michael Linton (b. 1952, Long Beach, California) holds a B.M from Wheaton College (Ill), a M.A. from Yale University, a M.M. from The University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. from New York University. He studied composition with Lucas Foss, Scott Huston, and Krzysztof Penderecki and studied theory and analysis with Jan LaRue.

Before coming to MTSU, Linton served on the faculties of the University of Bridgeport and Northwestern College (MN). He has written on the music of Bach for the journal BACH and continues to write on issues of contemporary music and culture for First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Wall Street Journal. Linton has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and was awarded MTSU's faculty award for excellence in creative work. Linton worked as a music critic for the Connecticut Post and the St. Paul Pioneer Press and has served as minister of music in Baptist, Congregational, and Episcopal churches in Kentucky, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Tennessee. While in St. Paul Linton served director of the Masters Orchestra.

Linton's recent premiers include "Clingman's Dome,"; written for the Tennessee All State Orchestra, "Ecce quam bonum"; for the Wheaton College Men's Glee Club, and "Double Cyclone"; for Reed Thomas and the MTSU Wind Ensemble."; At MTSU Linton teaches undergraduate theory and composition.


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Listen to selected compositions by Michael Linton in streaming audio:

  1. The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (text by Sabine Baring-Gould) from Three Marian Carols (Murfreesboro, 2008) --related reading: ( Looking for Mary in Christmas Carols by Michael Linton)
  2. Double Cyclone for winds, two pianos and percussion (MTSU Wind Ensemble. Reed Thomas, conductor); a reminiscence of the Long Beach Pike and it's famous roller coaster, the Cyclone Racer.
  3. Angel's Chorus from The Nativity (the choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee), oratorio setting of Luke I and II.
  4. Pietá (1994; orchestral piece in one movement; complete)
  5. The Tears of Orpheus (1995; alto saxophone and piano; partial clip)