Dr. Linda Banister
Professor of Music
Dr. Linda Banister is Professor of music at Augusta State University, where she teaches studio voice, vocal diction, opera literatures, and othet related courses. 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. She is a frequent solo recitalist and guest artist, with performances throughout the central and southeastern United States, central Italy, and in Hong Kong.
Dr. Banister was a soloist/presenter 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 regional conferences of the Carolinas Symposium on British Studies (1995 & 1997). She presented a paper at the national convention of the Music Teachers' National Association (1996), 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 Hansel und Gretel, "Dido" in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, "Katisha" in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, "Princess Marganza" in Sousa's El Capitan, "Mrs. Paroo" in The Music Man, "Public Opinion" in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, "La Principessa" in Puccini's Suor Angelica, "Marthe" in Gounod's Faust, and the role of "Giovanna" in Verdi's Rigoletto. Most recently, Dr. Banister performed "Voi lo sapete" from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Beethoven's "Ah! Perfido” on concerts with the ASU Symphony Orchestra and performed the in the solo quartet on the Bruckner Te deum with the Augusta Choral Society
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 Secretary for the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well has having held many offices in the Georgia Chapter of NATS, and held the office of District Governor of NATS in Georgia. She has been named to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi. Currently in addition to her teaching position, Dr. Banister serves as the Artistic Co-Director for the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society in Augusta, GA.