Linda McKnight

Linda McKnight has taught double bass at Manhattan School of Music in the College division since 1987 and the Precollege division since 1979. She has developed numerous innovative programs in bass performance and education for MSM and other institutions, including Columbia University, Columbia Teachers College, the N.J. American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute, and the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University of New Jersey.

Ms. McKnight earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School under Frederick Zimmermann and pursued additional studies with Stuart Sankey, Joseph Cascelli, Warren Benfield, Henry Portnoi, and Homer Mensch. She appears with chamber groups throughout the New York metropolitan area, and at Carnegie Hall as a member of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra. Her summer activities have included master classes and performances for the International Society of Bassists (ISB), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) string conferences, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, the Manhattan School of Music Summer Music Camp, and the 2004 World Bass Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

Linda McKnight has been a featured guest artist at workshops and clinics from Maine to California, addressing groups of parents, educators, and students on the contrabass and music education. In 1986 she was honored with the NJ-ASTA Distinguished Service Award for her seven-year term of office as NJ-ASTA president from 1979 through 1986. Her writings have appeared in String Tones, Tempo, American String Teacher, and International Society of Bassists magazines, and she is the editor of Paul Ramsier’s Pieces for Friends, published by Boosey & Hawkes.