Teaching Artist, Drake Chorale
Office Location: FAC 242
Linda Vanderpool currently serves as Teaching Artist and Lecturer of Music at Drake University, where she conducts the Drake Chorale, teaches Secondary Vocal/General Music Methods and Techniques of Jazz/Show Choir, and supervises choral music student teachers.
Linda taught for 30 years in several Iowa high schools. A versatile conductor, Linda led choral and vocal jazz ensembles in performances at such sites as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Ensembles consistently earned outstanding ratings at the state and national levels under her direction.
Linda holds a Master of Music Education with choral emphasis from Drake University and a Bachelor of Music Education Cum Laude from Simpson College where she studied voice and piano. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and is an adjudicator for the Iowa High School Music Association. Her expertise in vocal jazz is in demand at both secondary and collegiate levels, and she mentors area professionals in the development of high caliber vocal jazz choral curricula.