“Music is the literature of the heart, it commences where speech ends.”
— Alphonse de Lamartine
A Little Bit About Linda ~
A native of Long Island, Linda moved to North Carolina in 2000. Before finding her permanent home here in Charlotte, Linda lived in Orlando, FL and then in Upstate New York. Like many musicians, Linda first learned to read music at the piano when she was 5 years old. By the time she turned 9 she knew that she wanted to be a flutist for the rest of her life, and so began her private flute studies, which led to earning a degree in music performance. When working as a freelance artist and collaborator for special events, Linda selects and unites local, talented musicians, carefully combining the perfect ensemble of instrumentalists for each unique event and venue. Linda has performed as soloist in numerous churches in the Queen City and Lake Norman Areas, as well as in churches on Long Island; Orlando,FL; Binghamton, NY and in NYC at the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral.
In addition to performing, Linda is a passionate advocate of music education for children. Linda discovered her gift for working with children in her early teens. She began instructing young students when she was only 15 years old! Her most enthusiastic flute students have participated in All-District, All-State, and Regional area music events, including the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Charlotte Wind Ensemble.
While the flute is her primary instrument, Linda also enjoys using the piano and electric keyboard, to teach young children to find their own joy in making music. The art of teaching a child to read music, is something that Linda finds fascinating. No two children learn to read music exactly the same way, therefore, Mrs. Dumizo personalizes her teaching approach to each child's unique needs. Linda looks forward to the challenge of unlocking the mystery to note reading for each student!
Mrs. Dumizo is the proud mother of two adult children. Her son Brian, served in the US Military, then graduated from CPCC and now lives and works in Charlotte, NC, as an IT Specialist. Her daughter, Kimberly, graduated with honors from UNC-Asheville where she earned a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. She lives and works in Raleigh, NC. Linda's husband, Joseph, is a realtor. Together they enjoy making home made wines, boating, walking, going to concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Performance, from Long Island University, CW Post Campus, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her name appeared in the 1987 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. While growing up, Linda studied with Phil Stentz and Jan MacDonald. At age 15, she took a summer full of lessons with flutist,Mindy Kaufman, who went on to earn a chair with the NY Philharmonic that following year. Linda studied flute with Dr. Susan Deaver while in college and performed in master classes for Alice Weinreb, Ransom Wilson, Bradley Garner, and Harvey Sollberger.
Linda gives credit to her mother, Florence Brady, retired church organist, for teaching her to read music. She thanks both her mother and late father, Robert Brady, for providing her with music lessons, flutes, and a childhood full of creativity!
Linda is currently learning to paint with water colors. Calligraphy, pen and ink, and pencil drawings were all favorite mediums while going through school, but working in color has become a new passion.