Trumpet, Conducting, Aural Skills
M.M. in Trumpet Performance – Boston University (1979)
B.A in Music – University of Alaska Fairbank (1975)
Linn Weeda has been an adjunct faculty member at UAA continuously since 1984. As a conductor, he is the Assistant Conductor of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and recently retired as Music Director and was appointed Music Director Emeritus after 31 years leading the Anchorage Youth Symphony. He has been the music director of orchestras in Mississippi and conducted orchestras in Massachusetts. He has conducted in venues as varied as the Sydney Opera House, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and in a plane hangar in Talkeetna, Alaska. His principal conducting teachers were Gordon Wright, Gunther Schuller, Charles Bruch and Thomas Dunn (choral conducting).
As longtime Principal Trumpet of the Anchorage Symphony he has performed concerti several times, including a world premiere. Before residing in Alaska, he was an active free-lance musician in Massachusetts, where he specialized in baroque trumpet and performing in contemporary music ensembles. He has been featured as recitalist/soloist throughout the world and has premiered several compositions written for him. His teachers have been the principal trumpets of the Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. In addition, he studied solfege privately with Lawrence Scripp of the New England Conservatory.
He has a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.