Linnea Bardarson, Organist/Pianist

Linnea Bardarson

Linnea Bardarson (she/her/hers) grew up in Seattle, the youngest in a large family where all the kids took music lessons, and the guitar was often brought out for after-dinner folk singing. With a classical violinist mother, a father who loved the blues, two church-musician grandparents, plus another grandmother who wooed her suitor by playing the harp and singing, “Dear One, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise,” she has had a variety of musical influences to inspire her own musical journey – a journey which over the years has included playing chamber music, accompanying Chorus pro Musica and Koleinu, playing nightly gigs at the old Café Budapest and Colonnade Hotel in Boston, touring Spain with an orchestra, recording piano concertos in the Czech Republic, and leading church choirs for over twenty years. After taking time off to raise her twin boys, she now teaches piano at UMass/Boston and Dedham School of Music. She enjoys playing the banjo and leading singing workshops on Star Island.

Linnea received her Bachelor of Arts from Mills College and her Master of Music in piano performance from New England Conservatory of Music.

As a child she attended East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Washington. For the past fifteen years, First Church and Parish, Unitarian-Universalist, Dedham, has been her church home. She served as Music Director there from 2007-2018. She is very excited to be here at FUUSN. Linnea lives in Dedham with her husband, Joel.