Linda Dusman is a composer and sound artist whose works have been performed extensively across the United States, and in Europe, Asia, and South America. Dr. Dusman was composer-in-residence at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance at New England Conservatory in 2002. Her residency at Harvestworks Digital Arts in 1996 resulted in an interactive installation entitled "The Voice in Rama" which was installed subsequently at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Jaffe-Friede Strauss Gallery at Dartmouth College, Pierogi 2000 in Brooklyn, NY, and the alternative (alternative) exhibition on Wall Street. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Swiss Women's Music Forum, the American Composers Forum, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Ucross Foundation, among others. Her works have been recorded on the Neuma, Capstone, and Maximalist Music labels. Dr. Dusman is a founding editor of the journal "Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture" and serves on the editorial board for "Perspectives of New Music." Her most recent work, magnificat 1, was composed for RUCKUS, the contemporary ensemble in residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she chairs the Department of Music. Active for over 20 years as an educator, Linda Dusman also has taught at the American University, the University of Maryland, and Clark University, where she held the Jeppson Chair in Music.
I composed magnificat 1, a set of continuous variations of a unison melodic line, to celebrate the founding of UMBC's resident contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus . One of the inspirations for the piece is the Virgin Mary's opening phrase of her song to Elizabeth : “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” in which she recognizes her soul not as the essence of herself, but as a lens for something much greater. The events of Sept. 11 also resonate in this work. I had devoted that day to composing this piece, and as I sat in shock in front of the television I was reminded that terrorists also imagine their souls as lenses of God, with devastating results. So magnificat 1 also reflects the surreal state of the fall of 2001: a yearning for clarity amidst twists of distortion.