Faculty & Staff
Your First Choice
Pianist Lina Morita, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, has performed in various solo and collaborative performances in the US, Brazil, Mexico, France and Czech Republic. Most recently, she has been invited to present recitals in Mexico City at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera and at La Escuela de Musica “Vida y Movimiento” del Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli.
Other recent venues in which she has performed include the Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland, Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, National City Christian Church, Church of the Epiphany in Washington DC, Vienna Presbyterian Church in Virginia, and Bertramka House in Prague.
She has performed recitals and taught master classes at various colleges and universities, such as the University of Tennessee, University of North Dakota, Sam Houston State University, University of Southern Mississippi, St. Mary’s College, Louisiana State University, Tulane University.
Morita’s collaborative performance with soprano Carol Lines can be heard on Centaur Records: “When Hope Still Had Its Chance: The Songs of Keith Gates”, which was released in June 2012. Her solo and collaborative performances have been featured on WRKF 89.3FM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In demand as a concerto soloist, Morita performed Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Concerto and the Chopin F Minor Concerto with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC and Virginia. Other soloist appearances include the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Lake Charles Symphony in Louisiana and the Washington Sinfonietta in Washington DC. As an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and LMTA (Louisiana Music Teachers Association), Morita has presented at several state conventions and has been invited to teach master classes. Morita often serves as an adjudicator in state and national competitions.
Lina Morita received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music; the Master of Music from Rice University; and the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. Her primary studies have been with renowned pedagogue Nelita True, pianist Robert Roux, Edmund Battersby, and French pianist Michel Block.
Morita currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Piano at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana since 2007. At McNeese, her primary duties include teaching private piano, class piano and serve as a collaborative pianist for faculty and students. Prior to this position, she taught at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC.