Linda Berna
Linda Berna
Special Assistant to Dean: Curriculum and Assessment
Associate Dean/Director Emerita, The Music Conservatory
Chicago College of Performing Arts
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About Me

Since 2001, Dr. Linda Berna has held the position of Director of the Music Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she oversees all academic, artistic, and budgetary matters for 250 students and over 100 faculty. She is also a member of the Core Music Studies faculty and has taught a wide range of subjects through advanced seminars for graduate students. She plays key roles in a number of university-wide initiatives at Roosevelt, including general education reform and assessment. She serves on the Board of Directors of Foundations of Music, a non-profit organization that provides music education programs to over 30 underserved Chicago public schools, and is a member of Chicago Musical Pathways, a consortium of musical organizations designing a system to support the professional advancement of diverse musicians in the orchestral field. She also serves as an accreditation evaluator and a member of the Committee on Ethics for the National Association of Schools of Music and regularly presents at the Association’s national meetings. In 2016 she presented at the National Conference of the College Music Society on community engagement and student activism, in a session titled “Sharing Notes: A Case Study in Healing, Public Service, and Transformation through Music Performance.” Dr. Berna’s research specialty is text-music relationships. Recently, she gave a paper on disturbance and contradiction in Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” at the Third International Conference on the Image in Poznan, Poland. She earned the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Roosevelt University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Theory from Northwestern University.