Kristin Linklater, Freeing the Natural Voice, in Orkney

  • Angela CampbellEmail author


This chapter is based on an interview with Kristin Linklater, master voice teacher for over 50 years in the United States and widely known internationally. On retiring as Emerita Professor after 16 years at Columbia University in New York, Kristin returned to her island birthplace on the Mainland, Orkney, north of Scotland to set up the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre (KLVC). The KLVC opened in 2014 and has offered residential workshops for students from over 35 different countries led by Kristin and increasingly by her fellow teachers and colleagues. The interview explores practice as research, charting how her teaching has developed since her return to her birthplace, drawing students and colleagues from around world to form a workshop laboratory and ‘community of practice’ on this remote island. It highlights how a particular regional landscape, Orkney, has shaped her and how, after returning to live there after 70 years of living away, Kristin is beginning to shape Orkney.



Many thanks to Kristin for her time and attention during this interview and in subsequent conversations. Thanks also to Fiona Gruber for her help in formulating my questions and also for her prompt to read Eric Linklater’s children’s classic from 1944, The Wind on the Moon (a book dedicated to a young Kristin and her sister), where happily I met the badly behaved siblings, Dinah and Dorinda. Thanks also to David McNeish for his poem, Kristin, written after our Sound and Movement workshop, as a gift to us all.


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  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaBallaratAustralia

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