Linda Tutas Haugen is a composer, performer, and teaching artist, whose works have been performed throughout the US and in Europe. Her catalogue of more than 48 works includes 26 choral compositions, eight orchestral scores, two major works for chorus and orchestra, an opera, multiple solo instrumental, vocal, and chamber pieces, and a piece for wind ensemble. Her work has been critically acclaimed as “music of character and genuine beauty,” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) “superbly crafted… engaging… beautiful and… powerful.” (Opera Today)

During her career spanning more than 20 years, Haugen has created music with an expressive lyrical style that is both moving and meaningful. She is drawn to projects that reach deeply into the well of human experience. Her willingness to confront challenging emotions and issues through her music, whether they are personal, cultural, or spiritual, inspires performers and audiences alike.

Haugen is inspired by a variety of historical, literary and ethnic sources. She uses non-traditional instrumentation such as Native American flutes, ethnic percussion, and folk instruments to bring together and explore different cultural traditions. In her opera Pocahontas, she gives musical life to the famous woman, the beginnings of colonialism, and the tragic clash of two civilizations. One critic described the performance as “one of the most riveting 100 minutes I have ever attended.” Duluth Star Tribune

Grants, Awards and Residencies – She has received many grants and awards from organizations including: American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Jerome Foundation. As one of four awarded nationally she received a three-year fellowship from Meet the Composer under its New Residencies program in 1999-2002. As a recipient of a Minnesota 2014 Artist Initiative Grant, she is currently researching ancient Norwegian vocal and instrumental music, and composing contemporary chamber works incorporating these traditions.

Commissions – Haugen has received 38 commissions in the past 15 years. Prominent among them are: Anne Frank, A Living Voice, a 25th Anniversary work for the San Francisco Girls Chorus; a four-movement orchestral composition for the National Kidney Foundation in celebration of 50 years of organ transplantation – Transformations of Darkness and Light; a work for trumpet and organ, Invocation and Remembrance, for the American Guild of Organists for its National Convention; and her opera, Pocahontas, commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Opera, commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown.

Performances – Many of her works have been performed extensively: Anne Frank: A Living Voice has received over 27 performances since 2004 across the U.S., and a 2013 European premiere in St. Gallen, Switzerland; The Fable of Old Turtle for Orchestra, Native American Flute and Narrator, has had 55 performances since 2001, including three on Native American reservations; and Pocahontas, has received two complete productions in four years. In addition, her choral compositions have been featured at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference and at Regional and National American Choral Directors Association Conferences.

Community Commitment – Haugen has extensive experience as a composer-in-residence and teaching artist, and often works with arts organizations, performing ensembles, and educational institutions to champion the creative process and the importance of new music. She is on the faculty of the National Federation of Music Club’s summer Junior Composers Institute (U of MN). Haugen is a founding board member of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative (, a national organization of composer/publishers. She is a member of ASCAP.


Experience the world premiere of her new work with the Sinfonia

APRIL 5 | Friday, 7:00 PM  

1280 Arcade St, St Paul, MN 55106
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APRIL 6 | Saturday, 2:00 PM 

1600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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