Linda kachelmeier, Composer


Music is and has always been an organic part of my identity, and I have found that creating music is a natural and necessary extension of that. I work primarily with our first and most versatile instrument: the voice. My artistic philosophy is rooted in the melding of text and music, articulation and expression. The words must express the music and the music must in turn express the words in order for it to be complete. My unique gifts of being a professional singer, instrumentalist, conductor, and an amateur poet intertwine in my compositions. I challenge myself to be open to the music that comes to me without judging or editing it right away. I find that the result stays closer to the core of my creative voice and shapes my evolving style. Last, and perhaps most important, . . .


“. . . luscious counterpoint, deliberate dissonances, and assertive vocal interaction.”

O Vos Omnes

SSAATTBB, mezzo-soprano solo

Isthmus Vocal Ensemble

directed by Scott MacPherson

Premiere:  August 2, 2013

Luther Memorial Church,

Madison Wisconsin, 7:30pm

The Dragon and the Undying

TTBB, piano and percussion  commissioned by

Moorhead State University

Moorhead, Minnesota

directed by Daniel Mahraun

Premiere:  October 10, 2013

In God’s Name

SATB Benediction


Partners in Shalom

a new Hymn with

lyrics by Jodi Gustafson

Our Savior’s Lutheran and

First Congregational Church

Menomonie, WI

through ACF and

the Faith Partners


Premiere:  September 15, 2013

I want to write music that people will enjoy singing and an audience will be moved hearing.


photos by J. Michael Hitzelberger