Linda Minke, cellist, joined the faculty at First Coast Community Music School in 2008. She has been a cello and chamber music coach with Prelude Music Camp since its inception in 2002. In 2004 Minke joined the faculty at the Walker Family Band Fiddle Camp and subsequently created a fiddling elective at Prelude Camp and in the Jacksonville Beaches area. Ms. Minke taught music theory and has coached many cello sectionals for the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra since 1995. She has played as an extra section cellist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra since 1993.
Prior to her move to Jacksonville, Linda had been assistant principal cellist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Opera Memphis Orchestra. Ms. Minke created a Suzuki cello program at Rhodes College in Memphis in 1984. She also performed in the Rhodes Piano Trio with Max Huls and Marsha Evans.
Linda earned her Master’s degree in Cello Performance at University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State) where she studied with Peter Spurbeck. She also studied the Suzuki Method there with Allen Lieb. Linda’s coaching and masterclass instructors included John Kendell, Rodney Farrar, Tanya Carey, William Starr, Zara Nelsova, Leonard Rose, Hans Jorgen-Jensen, Fritz Magg, and Janos Starker. Linda’s two bachelors degrees (in Music Education and Cello Performance) were earned at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, where she was a student of Dr. C. Douglas Graves.
Currently Linda plays every August with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin. She travels to North Carolina for Fiddle Camp every July, but lives most of the year in Neptune Beach, teaching cello, viola, violin, and beginning piano in her home as well as other locations.