Vocalist, composer, and conductor, Linda Ridener Dickson resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and attends First United Methodist Church, where she sings with the chancel choir and teaches youth handbells. She is a vocal soloist, and she also plays acoustic guitar and oboe. Linda has conducted children's choirs and handbell groups in the Methodist church community for more than twenty years. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in vocal music performance from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Since 1985, she and collaborator George August Mann have composed choral anthems, liturgical responses, and handbell music. They also wrote the words and music for the official historical musical about Fort Smith, Arkansas, that was presented during the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1986. It was Linda's graphic design that was chosen from over 500 entries to be the Arkansas Sesquicentennial logo. Both George and Linda are active in community theatre and were cast members of the AACT Fest-winning production of the gospel musical comedy, Smoke on the Mountain.
Linda has studied and performed under many well-known musicians, among them Vaclav Nelhybel, John Barnes Chance, Alice Parker, Hal Hopson, Sir George Guest, and Sir David Wilcox; and she and has performed with harpist Lawrence Odom. She worked closely with Paul Ledington-Wright as the transcription/engraver for his Coventry Litany, published by Oxford Press. Linda played oboe for several seasons with the Northwest Arkansas Wind Symphony and is a member of the Fort Smith Chorale.
As part of her music ministry, she has presented benefit concerts for a local inner city junior high school. In February 2007, she presented a solo concert entitled, Seasons of the Son -- The Liturgical Year in Song. Later in October she presented a "Diva" concert of arias and sacred music. Her choral performances abroad include the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England, and the Advent Sing in Vienna, Austria, where several of the Dickson and Mann Advent compositions were presented.
Since 1994, Linda has been the curriculum designer for the nation's leading provider of skilled nursing care. She designs, edits, and illustrates the financial and business office manuals and training materials. Her husband is retired automation robotics engineer, David Alan Whiteis, who is also a musician.
Linda Dickson may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected].
Works by Linda Ridener Dickson on the Discipleship Ministries Website:
- Advent Watch - An Advent Call to Worship
- Betrayed - Choir anthem for Maundy Thursday or Last Supper re-enactment
- Carpenter's Carol - Choral Anthem for Christmas
- Hurry Little Children - Choral Anthem
- Lenten Prayer Response (Seven Fold Tonal Poem)
- Lift the Light - Eastertide Prayer Response for SSATB Choir
- Magi's Blessing - Benediction for Epiphany
- Pentecost Benediction
- Sing a New Song
- Stardust Carol - for SSAA Women's Voices
- Tender Shepherd - Choral Response
- True Vine