Linda Radtke

Classical Host

Linda Radtke, the host of the VPR Choral Hour, has spent a lot of time through the years in the VPR studio singing with Counterpoint and other choral ensembles, volunteering for pledge drives, and recording for the commentary series.

She comes to us from WCVT, where she hosted Vermont Notes and the Classic Vermont Choral Hour, produced daily arts calendars and hosted the morning show from time to time. A frequent alto soloist for the Oriana Singers and other regional groups, Linda has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and two Masters degrees from UVM. For the Vermont Humanities Council, she presents research on old Vermont songs throughout the state. Linda taught English for 31 years at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, and now trains teachers for Vermont NEA and enjoys life in an 1831 farmhouse in Middlesex with her husband, Dr. Robert Jervis.

Linda is passionate about classical music of all kinds, but has a special fondness for Bach, Handel, and Gilbert and Sullivan operas, in which she has played most of the mean alto ladies.

Ways to Connect

Sing-alonSing-along with some the masterworks of choral music on the VPR Choral Hour.g with Handel's "Messiah" on the VPR Choral Hour this week.
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Download the score for this week's sing-along here...

Four selected choruses from "The Creation" - Franz Joseph Haydn

The cover page of the "Bennington Battle March" depiciting the Bennington Battle Monument.
Courtesy Bennington Museum

Bennington Battle Day is August 16th. The day marks a turning point in the American Revolution, when British forces were defeated near Bennington in 1777. This year, we're rediscovering some music associated with this Vermont holiday.

In 1927, for the 150th anniversary of the battle, Bennington virtuoso pianist Ernest Murray composed his new "Bennington Battle March," rarely heard today. VPR Classical hosts James Stewart and Linda Radtke have been exploring the story behind this music.

We’ve entered into the High Holy Days for Tag Sales, Lawn Sales and Garage Sales, which runs right up until Labor Day. Every weekend, our neighbors bedeck their lawns with their unwanted items for us to inspect and take home for a song: exercise equipment, toys and children’s clothes, kitchen ware, and an occasional treasure. (Visitors from other countries always are perplexed, charmed, and delighted by this tradition). Most of us slow down, at least, when we drive by.

Radtke: The New SAT

Jun 18, 2014

During the 3 decades I served as a high-school English teacher, I noticed that whenever the College Board announced a change in the SAT, we teachers scrambled to adjust our curriculum to reflect the new focus.

Radtke: All Mixed Up

Apr 22, 2014

I just love hearing the music of unfamiliar languages. On the Megabus to Manhattan recently, my seatmate was singing in Russian to her baby, and behind me two students were chattering away in Japanese. It made me smile, to realize that Vermont is beginning to reap the richness of all the cultures which make up this amazing quilt that is American life.

Radtke: Cuppa Joe

Apr 8, 2014

Almost every week, I meet friends before choir rehearsal at a quiet coffee shop in downtown Burlington. Getting to the front of the line, the other day I noticed a little hand-written notice, “Ask about our suspended coffee program.”

During a recent Vermont Symphony orchestra concert, I found myself counting bow ties in an effort to assess whether or not there was equal representation of each gender on stage - and that made me curious about the overall progress of women in the professional world of classical music in general.

First Light Studios, Randolph VT

When I heard that Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original Trapp Family Singers, had died, I dusted off the old LPs they made for RCA Victor from 1938 to 1956 and took a fresh listen. The great choral conductor Robert Shaw, mentor of Vermont’s Robert De Cormier, once called these singers “the greatest choral group in the history of recorded sound.” And, despite surface noise like frying bacon on these old recordings, the reason why remains crystal clear.