Linda Berna


Member, Committee on Ethics
Elected November 2018; term ends November 2021

Linda Berna has held since 2001 the position of Director of the Music Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she oversees all academic, artistic, and budgetary matters for 250 students and over 100 faculty. She is also a member of the Core Music Studies faculty and has taught a wide range of subjects through advanced seminars for graduate students. She plays key roles in a number of university-wide initiatives at Roosevelt, including general education reform and assessment. She serves on the Board of Directors of Foundations of Music, a non-profit organization that provides music education programs to over 30 underserved Chicago public schools, and is a member of Chicago Musical Pathways, a consortium of musical organizations designing a system to support the professional advancement of diverse musicians in the orchestral field. In 2016, she presented at the National Conference of the College Music Society on community engagement and student activism, in a session titled “Sharing Notes: A Case Study in Healing, Public Service, and Transformation through Music Performance.” Professor Berna’s research specialty is text-music relationships. Recently, she gave a paper on disturbance and contradiction in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at the Third International Conference on the Image in Poznan, Poland.

Professor Berna serves NASM as a visiting evaluator, and has participated as an Annual Meeting presenter, and as moderator and presenter for the Pre-Meeting Workshop for New Administrators.

She earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Roosevelt University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Theory from Northwestern University.

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Posted January 2019