Linda Banister, Professor of music, teaches studio voice and opera workshop at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. She joined the ASU faculty in 1989. A native North Dakotan, she taught studio voice at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, for more than a decade. Dr. Banister holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Missouri in Columbia and earned a Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her treatise topic is "The Solo Vocal Music of Elie Siegmeister: An Annotated Bibliography."
Dr. Banister is a frequent solo recitalist and guest artist, with performances throughout the central and southeastern United States, central Italy, and in Hong Kong. She has been a soloist/presentor at the International Jazz and the Germans Conference (1995) held at the University of Missouri, a soloist in a program of Henry Purcell songs and in a program of music at the court of Queen Victoria for two Carolinas Symposium on British Studies regional conferences (1995 & 1997), she presented a paper at the national convention of the Music Teachers’ National Conference, (1996), and has been an artist-in-residence at the Instituto Musicale Orazio Vecchi in Modena, Italy,(1996), and at the Hong Kong International School (1999). She has performed the roles of the mother in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, "Dido" in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, "Katisha" in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, and "Princess Marganza" in Sousa’s El Capitan.Dr. Banister has conducted choral and vocal workshops and has served as a vocal adjudicator in the Dakotas, Wyoming, Missouri, Florida, and Georgia. She currently serves as president of the Georgia chapter of NATS. She has been named to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi.