Performed on four continents, Linda Tutas Haugen’s music has been critically acclaimed as “music of character and genuine beauty.” [Minneapolis StarTribune.] Opera Today praised her opera, Pocahontas, as “superbly crafted,” “engaging,” and “beautiful and powerful.” She has written for instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, solo voice, chorus and opera.
Linda has received national awards, fellowships and commissions from American Composers Forum, American Guild of Organists, ASCAP, Meet The Composer, NEA, San Francisco Girls Chorus, and Virginia Arts Festival/Virginia Opera, and regional awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush, and Jerome foundations. Performers of her works include Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and Chiara String Quartet. Her choral music has been performed by junior and senior high school, university and adult choirs throughout the U.S., in Europe, Korea and Australia.
A frequent visiting Composer-in-Residence, Linda works collaboratively with ensembles and schools to champion the creative process and new music. She enjoys working with performers, speaking about the compositional process, and the deeper implications and need for art in today’s society. She served for the past two years as Composer-In-Residence for the National Lutheran Summer Music Institute and Festival at Luther College. Recent presentations at conferences have included To Change the World (NCCO), and Musical Faith Partners (American Cantors Conference). She is a founding member of Independent Music Publishers Cooperative, and she loves 26 degree days with sunshine and sparkling snow.
1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.
2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.
3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.
4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.
5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.