BIOGRAPHY Dr. Linda Zoolalian enjoys an active career as a pianist, vocal coach, music director and teacher in both America and Europe. Since January she has been the music director of Repertory Opera Company preparing and performing completely staged and costumed productions of La Traviata and Carmen. In 1996 she joined the music faculty of Pasadena City College where she teaches several classes in addition to accompanying the College’s Chamber Singers. Since 2003 she has been on the staff of Los Angeles Opera where she cues the supertitles for their main stage productions, as well as occasionally being hired as a pianist for the company. This coming fall she will begin her third year working at Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges where she is teaching musicianship, giving private piano lessons, and accompanying the choirs and student recitals. From 1997 until 2005 Dr. Zoolalian was the head vocal coach and opera pianist for the Opera Institute at California State University Long Beach. In the past she has been hired to play for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Opera Pacific, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She currently enjoys playing for the Los Angeles Library’s Performing Books Series sponsored by the Music Center as well as for the Los Angeles Choral Artists. She also continues to maintain a private coaching studio at her home.
Each summer Dr. Zoolalian returns to Europe to work for an American vocal festival. She served on the staff of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria for three years and since 2001 she has worked as a music director, coach, pianist, and teacher of accompanying for the Operafestival di Roma in Italy. She has been on the music staffs of other prestigious summer festivals as well, including Songfest, Idyllwild Arts and Operaworks. Earlier in her career she was invited to study at the Aspen Music Festival and the Academy of the West for two summers, where she worked closely with Warren Jones and Graham Johnson.
Awarded a Bachelor of Music from the New England of Conservatory in Boston in Piano Performance, Dr. Zoolalian pursued a Master’s and Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Alan Smith and graduated with honors. She is proud to be one of the first graduates of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, where she currently enjoys giving occasional masterclasses. Dr. Zoolalian has appeared in Japan, Europe, and throughout the United States, including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.