2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

How Vocal and String Pedagogies Can Enhance One Another

- MST
Broadmoor Hall C

Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

Michael Linert enjoys a varied musical career as a singer and Baroque and modern cellist. In his rich career, Linert has and continues to sing in choirs, operas, and art song recitals. As a cellist, he works solo, and orchestral setting, including being an orchestra and mariachi teacher. Linert is known for his engaging, impassioned performances, as well as his formidable, organized, and inspiring teaching approach. He has performed as a vocal soloist with the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. He has been principal cellist with the Commonwealth Opera, QV Ensemble, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. As an educator, Linert currently serves as the Performing Arts Department chair and the director of orchestras, mariachi, and guitar at Westminster High School in Colorado where he has been awarded Teacher of the Year and the Exemplary High School Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association. Several of the musicians who have had the pleasure of working with Linert as either students or coached, have gone on to win positions with professional, regional, and youth orchestras, and have been accepted into national music schools. Linert’s own compositions have been sold and performed on three continents, and he has premiered works by Chinese, Australian, Armenian, and American Composers. Most recently, the documentary “Medic!” included Linert’s original musical score and was added to the permanent collection in the Library of Congress American Folklore Center. Please visit www.michaellinert.com for more information.  


String teachers tell their students to play like a singer, while voice teachers tell their students to sing like a string player. What does it all mean? Join this session to learn and experience some specific techniques and concepts to improve the string and vocal techniques, musicality, and creativity of your students!