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, Dr. Monson previously served as Managing Director of the School of Music (2014-16), Associate Director of the School of Music (2002-2014), and Director of Keyboard Studies. 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 was elected to the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, the board overseeing accreditation for music programs at institutions of higher education across the nation. Elected for a three year term (2017-2020), Monson holds one of the positions representing doctoral degree-granting institutions. Monson has served as an accreditation visitor for NASM since 2015, and in that capacity, has traveled to other schools of music in the United States as part of a 3-person assessment team of national arts leaders.

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, Latin America, and Australia. She was recently chosen as a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2017 International Conference of the College Music Society held in Sydney, Australia. She also performed recitals and gave piano master classes in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia; Seoul, Korea; and San Jose, Costa Rica in the summer of 2017. Monson performed as piano concerto soloist with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker. Monson performed in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland in 2015 and 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. Professor Monson served five terms as a Faculty Senator at George Mason University and 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 performed as piano concerto soloist several times with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra (directed by Dennis Layendecker and by Anthony Maiello) and also 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 and 2017 International Piano Competition (I Institute–Beijing held at GMU). Dr. Monson also served as an International Juror for 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.