Featured Artist - Linda Kistler

Linda Louise Kistler, Violin, maintains a busy concert schedule playing both modern and Baroque violin. She has appeared as soloist and concert-master with the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, both of which she is currently a member, and with the former Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she serves as concertmaster of the Savoy Opera Company of Philadelphia, and plays with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Ama Deus Ensemble and Camerata Ama Deus of Philadelphia, which performs many of their concerts on period instruments.

Ms. Kistler has performed recent solo recitals at Moravian College and at the Bethlehem, PA Musikfest. Her chamber music engagements have included the Moravian String Quartet, and guest artist appearances with the Gabriel Ensemble of Schuylkill County, PA and, on Baroque violin, with Melomanie of Wilmington, DE.

As a teacher, she has served on the faculty of Lehigh University, Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, and the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts. She currently maintains a private studio, is an artist-lecturer at Moravian College, and is on the faculty at Allentown's Community Music School.

Ms. Kistler was trained at the Oberlin College Conservatory (Bachelor of Music), and at the Juilliard School (Master of Music), where her principal teachers were Andor Toth and Ivan Galamian. She has studied Baroque repertoire with Nancy Wilson, Princeton, NJ, and Stanley Ritchie.