Linda Robbins Coleman


Linda Robbins Coleman

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Arts Advocate, Historian, Consultant

“Linda has worked with many orchestras both here and abroad and is considered one of the growing number of important women composers, especially in the areas of orchestral and chamber music.”

                    Ron Nolin, Michigan Public Radio, WRCJ Detroit

“...but the finest hour came with the premiere of In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, by Linda Robbins Coleman, the symphony’s composer-in residence. The piece is a delicious blend of crisp colors and lovely lyricism. The piece is as vivacious as its composer...

                       Rebecca P. Lindwall

                            Cedar Rapids Gazette

“the charm of the piece is very clear -

bright, lively themes, well manipulated.

It’s not only attractive, it’s interesting.

                                    William Glackin  

                                            The Sacramento Bee

    “Your music was perfect for the CRSO and for our audiences!  It is so happy and bright - just like you are. You and your music brought great joy to all concerned.  Gee, that is what it is all about - isn't it. Warm greetings and thanks to you! I hope that the future gives me other opportunities to conduct your music.”

   Henry Charles Smith

Grammy award winner

Conductor    Trombonist

Tiemeyer, who was introduced to Coleman’s work via In Good King Charles’s..., agrees that her music shares this trait with Bernstein’s: “The music leaps off the page.” But Coleman’s music, he adds, is her own. And that is her best accomplishment. “She sounds exactly to me like Linda Robbins Coleman,” he says. “Her writing represents something. That’s rare.”

        Christian Tiemeyer, Music Director and Conductor (retired)

                Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra


“..the audience was whisked back to the present with the delightful Journeys by Linda Robbins Coleman, the symphony’s composer in residence. Forbidding piano gives way to a melancholy motif, exchanged by the piccolo, flute, and woodwinds, before turning into a drunken carnival ride punctuated by the brass and percussion. Piano returns, bringing closure to the varied and exciting voyage.

                                                                   Rebecca P. Lindwall

                                                                       Cedar Rapids Gazette


           From the very first phrase Coleman demonstrated that she was skilled at writing for high level

community and regional style orchestras. Her music plays well...sounds great...and has appeal

to the audiences. She makes brilliant use of the conversational device of

adjusting the tonality to the statement and response level...

perfect for theatricality of GB Shaw’s style of dialogue.

This piece was a great opener....and was well played.

                                                                   Clark Mitze

KXJZ  Capital Public Radio

Sacramento, California

After a stirring version of the National Anthem, the music brightened with an energetic piece

that I mistakenly attributed to Leonard Bernstein to learn later from Jose-Luis Novo

that it was composed by Linda Robbins Coleman, who lives in Iowa and whom he described as

“one of a growing number of important contemporary women composers.”

                                                    Mary P. Johnson

                                                      Severino Park Voice

                                                        Annapolis, Maryland


Elegy for the Greatest Generation is a lovely piece,

one that is perfect for the Memorial Day concert.  Thanks.

Neal Gittleman

Music Director and Conductor

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra



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In 1998, of the more than 1,443 pieces performed by the major symphonies in the United States

(those having annual budgets of $20 million or more), only four works were composed by women.

One of those four works was In Good King Charles’s Golden Days by Linda Robbins Coleman.

It was performed by the Milwaukee Symphony under the direction of Neal Gittleman.

Since its premiere, this music has been performed and broadcast more than a hundred times in the United States and abroad. I invite you to click on the In Good King Charles’...  webpage and hear it for yourself. Enjoy!