Faculty

Mr. Michael Linton

Professor

Mr. Michael Linton
615-898-5742
Room 113, Saunders Fine Arts Building (SFA)
MTSU Box 47, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., New York University (1988)
  • M.A., Yale University (1980)
  • M.M., University of Cincinnati, OH (1977)
  • B.M., Wheaton College, IL (1974)

Areas of Expertise

Theory
Composition

Music History

J.S.Bach

Aesthetics

Biography

Because Michael Linton is a composer, teacher, and writer, his work is best known through his work.  Several of the YouTube videos posted below feature MTSU colleagues.  David Loucky, Professor of Trombone, is the first trombonest in the works for trombone quartet and organ ("Drop, Drop Slow Tears" & "Fairest Lord Jesus").  Steven Smith, Professor of Voice and Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is the tenor in the "Seven Franchetti Songs." Raphael Bundage, Profe...

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Because Michael Linton is a composer, teacher, and writer, his work is best known through his work.  Several of the YouTube videos posted below feature MTSU colleagues.  David Loucky, Professor of Trombone, is the first trombonest in the works for trombone quartet and organ ("Drop, Drop Slow Tears" & "Fairest Lord Jesus").  Steven Smith, Professor of Voice and Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is the tenor in the "Seven Franchetti Songs." Raphael Bundage, Professor of Conducting, is the conductor in "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Canon for Maundy Thursday", performances that also feature the MTSU Schola Cantorum. His writings and works, as well as videos of some of his classes, can be accessed at http://refinersfire.us/

Born in 1952 in Long Beach, California, Linton holds a B.M. from Wheaton College (Ill), a M.A.R. from Yale University, a M.M. from The University of Cincinnati and a PhD. 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 (CT) and Northwestern College (MN). He has written on the music of Bach for the journal BACH and 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 song cycle "Carmina Catulli" was described in Opera News as "cycle of seventeen songs that burst with bold originality", comments that were echoed by critics in France. At MTSU Linton teaches undergraduate theory and history. His writings and works, as well as videos of some of his classes, can be accessed at http://refinersfire.us/

 

 

 

 

 

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