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Robert Linn

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Robert Linn


Robert Linn (11 August 1925, San Francisco, Calif. - 28 October 1999, Los Angeles, Calif.) was an American composer.

Robert Linn began studying piano at an early age. At the age of sixteen, he organized his own jazz band and wrote the arrangements for the group. Linn studied composition with Halsey Stevens, Darius Milhaud, Roger Sessions, and Ingolf Dahl.

In 1956, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Music and served as chairman of the Music Theory and Composition Department from 1973 to 1990. His notable students there included Morten Lauridsen, Billy Childs, Donald Crockett, and David Froom.

His compositions, many of which are recorded, comprise works for wind symphony, symphony orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles, and have been performed on six continents by prominent musicians and ensembles.

Linn was the recipient of numerous awards and commissions and was past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association for American Composers and Conductors.

Works for Winds


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 862.
  • Robert Linn website Accessed 1 October 2020
  • Robert Linn, Wikipedia Accessed 28 April 2020