Linda Robbins Coleman

Linda Robbins Coleman
Composer, Pianist, Conductor
Arts Ambassador, Historian, Consultant

First Iowa woman to serve as Composer in Residence with a symphony orchestra.
First Iowa woman to have an orchestra work performed by a major symphony orchestra.

“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

  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, Emeritus Music Director and Conductor
                Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra (now Orchestra Iowa)

 “..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
Please note that the DPO has performed Elegy on 
two separate Memorial Day Concerts!

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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 hundreds of times in North America and Europe.

I invite you to visit my In Good King Charles’...  webpage or youtube channel and hear it for yourself.



“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 and trombonist


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