Linda Pearse

Associate Professor, Music

Linda Pearse

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 Canadian Linda Pearse is recognized as a Baroque bass trombonist and specialist in the exquisite musical repertoire of early seventeenth-century Italy. Pearse is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick) and serves as Adjunct Lecturer for Early Trombones at Indiana University Bloomington.  Following studies at McGill University and the Schola Cantorum (Basel), her career in Europe included regular performances with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, the Stuttgart Opera House, the Basel Symphony, La Cetrapiano possibile, and the Stuttgart Musical Theater. Pearse is Artistic Director of the San Francisco Early Music Baroque Workshop (USA) and the Sackville Festival of Early Music (Canada). Pearse is also Artistic Director of the award-winning early brass and string ensemble ¡Sacabuche! Extensive touring includes performances in Beijing (China), Hong Kong and Macau (China), Hawaii, Chicago, Seattle, Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Calgary, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Bloomington (IN), Madison (WI), Kansas City, and Houston. In addition to work with ¡Sacabuche!, Pearse has engaged in recent performances with TafelmusikLa Rose des VentsPacific MusicWorks (Seattle), The Toronto ConsortMusic of the Baroque (Jane Glover), Ensemble Caprice (Montréal), and the Spiritus Chamber Choir (Timothy Shantz).      

Her critical edition of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone is published with A-R Editions (April 2014). Pearse has taught Baroque trombone at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute Summer Workshop (2014) and the San Francisco Baroque Workshop (2013-present). As a specialist of Baroque music, Pearse is a sought-after chamber musician and performs with specialist ensembles across the Canada and USA. Pearse has recorded for broadcast with Harmonia (NPR), IPR, and WFIU, and recorded with Cappella Artemisia and on the ATMA label with ¡Sacabuche!'s release 17th-Century Italian Motets (Sept 2015) and a forthcoming ATMA release (anticipated January 2020) of Habsburg and Bohemian music of the Seventeenth Century. ¡Sacabuche!'s music is regularly featured on CBC radio, NPR stations across the USA, as well as on Radio New Zealand. 

In addition to traditional music programming, Pearse engages in interdisciplinary projects with her primary collaborator Ann Waltner that weave music, texts, images, and soundscapes. Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music premiered in 2010 has toured to China and across the continental USA. Venetia 1500 is inspired by the Barbari Aerial Woodcut of Venice from 1500, and creates a conversation between new music, early music, texts, and images, that finds resonances with Maritime cultures in decline. How Do We Listen? is an interdisciplinary artistic work that weaves soundscape, music, and text to create a performance which engages with historical and present cultural and religious contact in New Brunswick, all with an eye to the complex identities of Indigenous, specifically Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq, and non-Indigenous peoples who reside in the region that is now known as the Province of New Brunswick. The truths shared and spoken by Pearse's collaborator Angela Acquin about her grandmother’s experiences at the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School lead the narrative and structure the performance. The work employs Indigenous music, seventeenth-century sacred Italian and German music, and newly commissioned compositions by jazz composer, Joel Miller. In addition to the Acquin personal account, a spoken script includes contemporary Indigenous poetry by Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq; 1996) and Mihku Paul (Wolastoqiyik; 2012), historical documents, segments of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (2015), and a script by Waltner. The musicians (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) perform soundscapes and whisper clusters that respond to and comment on the texts, and in part, are intended to represent the lost voices of the thousands of Indigenous children who died or succumbed to disease, drug abuse, or alcoholism as a result of their experiences at the Indian Residential Schools. The project continues is supported by Elder and film director Brian Francis (Mi'kmaq), and Elder J. J. Bear (Wolastoqiyik) who has provided language support, directed smudge ceremonies, and shared his personal account of a Residential Day School in New Brunswick.  





Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, 2011
Doctor of Music, Brass Pedagogy, Trombone
        Minor fields: Music History and Music Theory

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland
        Master of Music degree, Baroque trombone performance, 2006
F. M. Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course, Basel Swizterland
        Certification, Teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique, 2002
Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen, Germany
        Artist Diploma, 2000
McGill University, Montréal Canada    
        Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance; graduated with distinction, 1996

Principal Teachers
        Vivian Lee, Trombonist, Montréal Symphony Orchestra
        Abbie Conant, Hochschule für Musik, Germany
        Guy-Noël Conus, Sinfonie Orchester Basel
        Markus Wuesst, Sinfonie Orchester Basel
        Charles Toet, Schola Cantorum Basieliensis, Switzerland
        Carl Lenthe, Indiana University
        M. Dee Stewart, Indiana University
        Peter Ellefson, Indiana University



Pearse, D. Linda, editor (2014), “Seventeenth-Century Italian Concerted Motets with Trombone”, vol. 19, Second Series, Collegium Musicum: Yale University, Middleton, WI: A-R Editions


Pearse, D. Linda. 2020 (in press). “Expanding University Music Ensemble Curricula: Lessons from an Intercultural Artistic Collaboration.” Special Issue: Decolonizing Music Pedagogies. Edited by Margaret Walker and Robin Attas. Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music 37(3): 30pp.

Pearse, D. Linda, Angela Acquin, Robin Attas, Ann Waltner (2019; forthcoming), "Unpacking a Moment: Decolonization in the Performing Arts?", MUSICultures, 46:1, pp. 1–31.

Pearse, D. Linda, Ann Waltner, Nicholas Godsoe (2017), "Historically Informed Soundscape: Mediating Past and Present", Journal of Sonic Studies, 15.

Pearse, D. Linda (2016), "Immediate Feedback: Principles from the Performing Arts Studio", Mount A Teaches, edited by Louise Wasylkiw and Jennifer Tomes, pp. 195–212.

Waltner, Ann, Qin Fang, D. Linda Pearse (2011), “Performing Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music”, Ming Studies, Journal of the Society for Ming Studies, vol. 62, pp. 1–24.


(2015) “Berühmte Posaunen-Virtuosen: Friedrich August Belcke, Carl Traugott Queisser, Albert Robert Müller, Joseph Serafin Alschausky & Posaunisten des Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig [Famous Trombone Virtuosos: Friedrich August Belcke, Carl Traugott Queisser, Albert Robert Müller, Joseph Serafin Alschausky & Trombonists of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra] by Rolf Handrow (Reichenberg, Germany: Crescendo-Brass GbR, 2014). Printed in German. Review published in International Trombone Association Journal, vol. 43, no. 3, July 2015, pp. 49–50.

(2013) “The Trombone in the Renaissance: A History in Pictures and Documents” by Stewart Carter
(Bucina: Historic Brass Society; Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2012). Review published in Historic Brass
Society Journal, December 2013, pp. 57–61. 


(2011) Pearse, Linda. "An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones." Dissertation, Indiana University Bloomington.

(2006) “A Catalog of Italian Sacred Vocal Works with Trombone, 1600–1660,” Master of Music Thesis,
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland.





CD Recording (anticipated 2020), Bohemian and Habsburg Music of the Seventeenth-Century with Trombones. Label: ATMA Classique Role: Artistic Director, Performer, Executive Producer   

Video Recording (2017), Matteo Ricci: His Map and MusicLabel: DirectLight Studios, San Francisco, CA USA; Role: Artistic Director, Performer, Co-Producer

CD Recording (2015), 17th-Century Italian Motets, ¡Sacabuche!, Label: ATMA Classique Role: Artistic Director, Performer, Executive Producer 

PRI Broadcast Recording (2015), Theory in Music — Music in Theory: Performing and Composing music Theorists of the 15th to 17th Centuries, with Indiana University Historic Performance Institute, Public Radio International (PRI) – Harmonia, Christmas Broadcast 2015, recorded
October 16–17, 2015

PRI Broadcast Recording (2014), A Baroque Christmas in the New World, with Indiana University Historic
Performance Institute, Public Radio International (PRI) – Harmonia, Christmas Broadcast 2014, recorded
October 23–26, 2014
Role: Performer Link:

CD Recording (2014), Stepping Out with the Mount A Jazz Ensemble, Sackville, NB.
Role: Artistic Director, Co-Producer

CD Recording (2006), Raphaella Aleotti: Le Monache di San Vito, Cappella Artemesia, Italy. Role: Performer

SRF Broadcast recording (2004), Adolf Wölfli, Ruedi Häusermann (director), Theater Basel, Basel,
Swizterland. Role: Performer

CD Recording (2002), Decasia, Michael Gordon (composer), Basel Sinfonietta, Basel, Switzerland. Role: Performer

Grants, awards, & honours

SSHRC, Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant, 2018 

Paul Paré Award for Excellence, Research, Mount Allison University, 2016

Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Fellow 2012–2014, funding for the creation of the interdisciplinary project
Venetia 1500, premiered in Sackville, September 29, 2013

SSHRC, Insight Development Grant, Musical Mappings in the Early Modern World: Encounters, Exchanges,
Collisions, June 2015. Lead applicant – Pearse; Collaborators – Ann Waltner and John Watkins (University of

Factor Canada, Juried Recording Projects, ¡Sacabuche! recording project, 17th Century Italian Motets with
Trombone, 2014–2015

New Brunswick Arts Board, Arts By Invitation, ¡Sacabuche! Minneapolis Tour, Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music,
Venetia 1500, Italy Invades Poland!, April 2014

Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grants to Musicians, ¡Sacabuche! Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music, Tour to
China, June 2013

New Brunswick Arts Board, Documentation Grant, ¡Sacabuche! Venetia 1500, 2012–2013

Canada Council Grant for Performing Musicians, Doctoral Studies, June 2009

Canada Council Grant for Performing Musicians, Doctoral Studies, June 2008 

Winner of the Early Music America International Collegium Musicum Competition, January 2009

Indiana University, Office of the Vice President of International Affairs Research/Travel Grant for research in
Kraków, Poland, May 2008