Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Theatre of Music

40 Years Strong! 

Linda Kernohan, Board Member

Linda Kernohan, a.k.a. Miss Music Nerd, is a composer, pianist, educator and writer. She has taught music appreciation to unsuspecting college students and piano lessons to adorable K-12 kids. She has contributed to NewMusicBox, a publication dedicated to the music of American composers, and Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s cultural talk magazine. She was the classical blogger for the Grammy Awards for five years. Her music has been performed across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent work is Demon/Daemon for solo flute, commissioned by The Phoenix Concerts and PNME's own Lindsey Goodman, and premiered in February 2016.

Other works include A Book of Hours, a cycle of piano pieces based on the writings of Thomas Merton, and Concerto for Theremin and Chamber Orchestra, commissioned by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and premiered in March 2008. In September 2007, she completed The 30 Days Project, during which she wrote a short piece every day for 30 days and posted a recording online.

Past commissions have included Four Memoriales for viola and piano, for violist Ralph Farris of the string quartet ETHEL, and Now, A Wanderer, for the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. She has had works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, the Aspen Music Festival, the Frau Musica (nova) festival in Cologne, and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague.

As a pianist and organist, she has played in a wide variety of venues, from a West Hollywood nightclub to the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. From 2000 to 2002 she was one half of the Geisel Library Toy Piano duo, appearing on ABC’s World News Tonight, and PBS’s California’s Gold. She has also performed as a chamber musician, vocal accompanist, church musician and music theater pianist.

Linda holds a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in music composition from New York University, and is currently in the final stages of a Ph.D. in composition from U.C. San Diego. She has taught courses in music theory, music history and class piano at New York University, U.C. San Diego, San Diego City College, and Community College of Allegheny County.

She was born in St. Louis, and grew up in Northern California’s Napa Valley. A fervent city girl at heart, she realized her dream of moving to the mythical realm she always considered her spiritual home — New York City — in her carefree post-college days. Alas, rents were too high and apartments too small to sustain this dream life long-term, but she still subscribes to the New York Times Sunday edition.

She now lives in Columbus, Ohio with her physician/poet husband Brian McMichael (a.k.a. McDoc), an Australian Cattle Dog named Lucky, and a feline murderess named Ariadne (Ari for short). Her feline bodhisattva, Piccolo, guided her for 17 wonderful years; he lives on in her heart.