Linda Tutas Haugen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from St. Olaf College, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner, Dominick Argento. Haugen has written for a variety of vocal and instrumental genres, including chamber music, full and chamber orchestra, solo voice, choral, and opera. Her music has received critical acclaim as “music of character and genuine beauty.” [Minneapolis Star and Tribune.] Opera Today praised Haugen’s recent opera,Pocahontas, as “superbly crafted,” “engaging,” and “beautiful and often powerful.”
Haugen has extensive experience as a composer-in-residence and teacher, and is committed to working with performers, schools, and young composers to help them understand the creative process and the importance that new music can have in their lives. She is on the faculty of the National Federation of Music Club’s Junior Composers Institute. She has appeared as guest lecturer at colleges and universities, and has conducted workshops on the elementary through high school levels.