Linda Murdock has been a “Jill-of-many-trades” in her career, including musician, lawyer, teacher, and school principal. She began her musical endeavors with piano lessons in 3rd grade. After piano came pipe organ in 5th grade, French horn in 7th grade, and violin in 9th; through high school, besides playing horn, she served as organist for her church, played piano in many different contexts, and taught private horn and piano lessons.
During college, Linda studied horn with Carol Jensen and played in the University of Minnesota orchestra and band as well as performing with a local horn quartet and other ensembles. After moving to the Boston area, she studied horn with BSO horn player Harry Shapiro, and freelanced in the Boston metro area. While her day job morphed from corporate lawyer to middle school teacher to school principal, she continued her involvement in music, playing horn in many different settings, from subway stations to theater pits to local orchestras such as the Newton and Wellesley symphonies, and even playing piano to accompany the school chorus.
Currently, Linda is one of the band conductors for Sudbury Valley New Horizons Music, which she helped start in 2008. Since then, she has taught beginners, played horn, clarinet, percussion, trumpet and tuba with the band at various times, organized soirées musicales, taught seminars on various musical topics, and started a woodwind choir and a summer brass ensemble. She teaches brass lessons, arranges music for the band, the woodwind choir, and other ensembles, organizes special events, and manages the group’s financial affairs. During the pandemic period, she learned to do video and audio editing and created many of the 24 virtual performances posted on the group’s YouTube channel. This year, she has also been conducting her church’s bell choir. She was the camp horn specialist from 2014 through 2021, but is now focusing on learning to play the tuba, taking lessons and playing the tuba in the band and in a tuba quartet. She strongly believes that it is never too late to begin playing music, and thoroughly enjoys helping people enter or return to the world of music.