Linda A. Petersen is the Director of Programs for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA), a position she has held since 1994. Her responsibilities include the WSMA State Honors Music Project, a nationally recognized program of excellence for Wisconsin’s most talented student musicians, the Wisconsin Award for Excellence in Teaching Music and the Student Composition Project. She also manages the WSMA Music Festival List including more than 5,700 carefully selected titles, the WSMA State Marching Band Championships, is a Conference Operations Director for the Wisconsin State Music Conference, and serves on many WSMA committees among other responsibilities. A strong believer in using specific, measurable skills in music education, she was the lead writer of rubrics now used in all WSMA District and State Solo & Ensemble events, Concert Festivals, and the WSMA Middle Level and High School State Honors Music Projects. |
Prior to coming to WSMA, Linda was Instrumental Methods Editor, author, and clinician for Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Band Music Editor for the Neil A. Kjos Music Company in San Diego, California; taught instrumental and vocal music in Wisconsin at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She was the editorial director and co-author of the Essential Elements Comprehensive Band Method, published by Hal Leonard, the best-selling series in Hal Leonard’s history as the world’s largest print music publisher. Linda is the author of the accompanying Teacher Resource, also published by Hal Leonard. She has been an instrumental music clinician at more than 45 state, regional, and national music conventions, and has presented successful workshops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, Canada and throughout Australia. She collaborated with world-renowned percussionist and educator Steve Houghton to write Play and Teach Percussion, a comprehensive percussion course for college music majors and current music teachers, published by GIA Publications of Chicago.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and also completed coursework at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1996, she was inducted into the Racine, Wisconsin Washington Park High School Hall of Fame as one of 131 inductees chosen from more than 65,000 graduates, and is one of the youngest members ever to be inducted in the Park High Hall of Fame. In 2004, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators “in recognition of exemplary dedication, outstanding achievement and commitment to jazz education in Wisconsin.” Linda is a member of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, NFIMA (the National Federation of Interscholastic Music Associations, serves on the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Board of Directors, and several other board and committee positions in Wisconsin.
TRIVIA: Linda also earned a major in horticulture from the Univ. of Minnesota-Crookston, but has now forgotten more than she ever learned about plan science.
WORST JOB: Health Insurance Claims Processor at WPS, Summer – Fall, 1984.
FAVORITE MOMENT: Watching the State Honors kids leave the stage after their concert.
SPORTS: Avid Packers and Badgers football fan, placed last in one and only racquetball tournament ever entered, 1989.
PROUDEST SPORTS MOMENT: Winning the football pool at Hal Leonard as the only female competitor.
Linda Petersen died on March 8, 2007. All profits from the sales of her arrangements are going to WSMA/WFSM in her memory.