Faculty & Staff

Dr. Linda Apple Monson

Director, Mason School of Music | Director of Keyboard Studies

University Distinguished Service Professor

  • Applied Piano, Vocal Accompanying, Chamber Music
  • Advanced Accompanying and Musicianship Skills


  • D.M.A. Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
  • M.M. Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
  • Diploma in Piano from Música en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • B.M. Education (Piano and Bassoon), Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, serves as the Director of the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. Named a University Distinguished Service Professor at Mason in 2012, Dr. Monson received the prestigious 2014 Influential Women of Virginia award.  Dr. Monson is the honored recipient of the George Mason University 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year award.  In addition, she earned the George Mason University 2009 Teaching Excellence Award “for exemplary dedication to student learning and commitment to educational excellence.” In honor of the extraordinary impact that Dr. Monson has had within the Mason community, multiple donors established the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund in 2011 for student scholarships within Mason’s School of Music. A  recognized arts leader at Mason for the past fourteen years, Dr. Monson previously served as Managing Director of the School of Music (2014-16) and Associate Director of the School/Department of Music (2002-2014).  In addition, she has served as Director of Keyboard Studies at Mason and helped launch Mason’s All Steinway School status in 2007. Monson has been a professor in Mason’s School of Music since 1999. In addition, she serves as Director of Music at Springfield United Methodist Church.

Dr. Monson serves as the institutional representative for Mason’s School of Music to the National Association of Schools of Music  and was responsible for leading the NASM Self-Study document and site visit for Mason’s extensive 10-year NASM review in 2013-2014, resulting in a stellar evaluation for Mason’s School of Music.  Dr. Monson was recently selected to serve as an external NASM Visiting Evaluator to assess selected university music programs throughout the United States.

Dr. Monson has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. In addition, she appears on the International Steinway Artist Roster. An active performer/scholar and an internationally recognized “master teacher,” she has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals, and piano master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She was recently chosen as a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2015 International Conference of the College Music Society held in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland.  Dr. Monson  also served as an International Juror for the final round of the 2013 Washington Piano Invitational Competition held at the Kennedy Center.  She was also a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2013 International College Music Society Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Monson was named a Visiting Guest Professor at Nanjing Normal University, China in 2010-2014.

Dr. Monson received the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership Award (2014) “in recognition of outstanding dedication, leadership, and contributions in the areas of education and international understanding.”  Professor Monson delivered two TEDx Talks in 2014 and 2015 entitled (1) Conquering Stagefright  and (2) Music and Math: A Harmonious Intersection.  Dr. Monson serves as President of Mason’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta, a national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement and excellence in international education. Currently serving as a Faculty Senator at George Mason University, Professor Monson was elected by the university faculty to serve on the GMU Presidential Search Committee (2011-12).  Serving on both Mason’s Faculty Arts Board and Friends of Music at Mason Board, Monson is also a presenter for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of George Mason University. In addition, Monson is a frequent performer at Mason as a solo and collaborative piano artist.

Monson delivered a lecture-recital at the 2007 Oxford Round Table in England and was a featured lecture-recitalist for the Alban Berg International Festival in Hannover, Germany in 2006. Monson was an invited concert artist and piano master class clinician at Nanjing Normal University (China) in 2010. She also performed as collaborative pianist at the Society for Musicology in the Ireland 2011 Conference in Dublin. Monson was a featured lecture-recital artist for International Conferences of the College Music Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2009), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Madrid, Spain (2005), and San Jose, Costa Rica (2003).  Monson also delivered a lecture-recital for the Hawaii 2006 International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Monson has presented scholarly research and delivered lecture-recitals within the past few years at National Conferences of the College Music Society held in Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Miami. In addition, Monson has also presented solo piano recitals and piano master classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LSU Composer’s Forum), Davidson College (North Carolina) Artist Series, Mary Baldwin College (Virginia), West Virginia University, and University of Richmond. Monson also performed at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (San Juan), University of California at Berkeley, Westminster Choir College (New Jersey), University of Miami (Florida), Bowling Green University, Gardner-Webb University (North Carolina), Meredith College (North Carolina), Gettysburg College, College of Southern Maryland (performing a world premiere), and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was piano concerto soloist with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Anthony Maiello, and she performed with Richard Stoltzman and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, in performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous solo piano world premieres by American composers, including solo piano world premieres at George Mason University by Mason faculty composers Mark Camphouse, Glenn Smith, and Jesse Guessford.  She has also recently performed in Washington D.C. at the White House, the Czech Embassy, and the New Zealand Embassy.

An active adjudicator in piano competitions and festivals, Monson served as a juror for the 2016 National Symphony Orchestra Concerto auditions for high school students. She also presented a piano master class for the 2016 International Piano Competition –Beijing, China held at George Mason University.  Dr. Monson  also served as an International Juror for the 2013 Washington Piano Invitational Competition and the 2009 Washington International Piano Competition. She was invited as a panelist and concert commentator for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra satellite broadcasts, Music of the Romantic Era and Music by Modern Masters, which were sent to all community colleges in the United States. She also served as collaborative pianist for the International Clarinet Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Monson has served as President of the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region and she has served on the College Music Society International Initiatives Committee. In addition, Dr. Monson served as a 2016 juror for the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s Operating Support Grant awards and a 2014 reviewer for the Strauss Artist Grant awards.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Monson earned three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance, the Master of Music Degree in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a double-major in Piano and Bassoon. She also received a Diploma in Piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In addition, she studied at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. Monson previously served on the music faculties of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Northern Virginia Community College. She is married to Dr. Keith L. Monson, a forensic scientist. The Monsons are blessed with two children, Kristofer and Linnea.