Violin Lessons

Linda Starks

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Linda has been teaching and performing in the Louisville area for over thirty years. As a young student, she took private violin lessons with Ruth French at the Louisville Academy of Music. She also participated in the Louisville Youth Orchestra for six years and the Chamber Orchestra in high school. Linda was awarded a scholarship to study violin performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. She studied violin with Peter McHugh, Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra. She served as Concertmaster of the University of Louisville Orchestra for one year. She pursued a double major in Performance and Education, providing her the opportunity to study piano, cello and viola. Because of this training, she offers lessons in all of them. 

During her summers, she augmented her musical training at various schools where she received scholarships to study, including Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Meadowmount Society for Strings, and Indiana University. Linda participated in private lessons, chamber groups, orchestras and attended master classes given by Pinchas Zukerman, Menahem Pressler, Leon Fleischer, Janos Starker, Joseph Silverstein and David Cerone. Her private instructors, who taught the traditional Galamian method, were Dorothy Mauney, Linda Cerone, and Mimi Zweig, who also taught Suzuki Pedagogue. She utilizes a combination of both traditional and Suzuki methods for beginner students. 

These experiences and training provided the foundation for becoming a member of the Louisville Orchestra, while enrolled in college. She had the privilege of playing during the conducting tenures of Jorge Mester and Lawrence Smith. Linda chose to continue studying privately with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University. After starting a family, she became an auxiliary member of the orchestra for ten years and began teaching private lessons. 

Her students have included all ages and levels, from beginner to professional. She has successfully taught those with many types of disabilities, including blind students. Her students have received acceptances into Youth Performing Arts School and Louisville Youth Orchestra, admittances to All-County and All-State Orchestras, assigned principal positions, and awarded music scholarships to University of Louisville. 

Linda has expanded teaching locations to include the St. Matthews area, Prospect, and now Pianissimore in Audubon Park! She is excited to join this excellent studio and eager to impart her knowledge and love of music to all new violin and viola students!