Executive Artistic Director
M.M. in Choral Pedagogy University of Kansas
B.M. in Organ Performance Shorter University
Lynn Swanson is a sought-after conductor, choral pedagogue, clinician and adjudicator. She holds a Master of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy from the University of Kansas in addition to the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Shorter University as a recipient of the Theodor Presser Foundation Scholarship.
She has most recently served as Assistant Director of the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir in Zhuhai, China while concurrently serving as the Director of the Institute for Healthy Singing under the William Baker Choral Foundation. She writes articles on the science behind the voice on DevelopingVoices blog, which is published weekly on the American Choral Directors Association online newsletter ChoralNet.org.
As Executive Associate Music Director with The William Baker Choral Foundation, Ms. Swanson held the position of Music Director and Conductor for the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, a professional level ensemble based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in short form a cappella music. She is the Founder and Director of the one hundred voice Cobb Summer Singers now called the Baroque Summer Institute that annually performs masterworks with professional orchestra.
She previously held the position of Organist/Choir Master at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Prior to this post, she served as Assistant Organist for the Choir of Christ the King Anglican Church in Frankfurt, Germany giving choral performances at the Norte-Dame Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris and the Alte Nikolai Kirche in Frankfurt. During her tenure in Germany, she also served as Assistant Organist to Herr Helmut Melzer, Organist and Music Director of St. Johann Kirche in Kronberg.
Recent choral/orchestral masterworks conducted by Ms. Swanson include Bach: Mass in B Minor, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, Magnificat, Cantata No. 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and Cantatas Number 4 and 140;Brahm’s A German Requiem; Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Exsultate Jubilate, Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Coronation Mass; Handel: Messiah, Dettingen Te Deum, Water Music Suite, and Israel in Egypt; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Faure’s Requiem;Schubert’s Mass in G;Hayden’s Te Deum;Beethoven’s Mass in C; Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir;in addition to Bernstein: Chichester Psalms andMissa Brevis.
Her choral ensembles have toured throughout the United States and have been featured on Central China Television Network; the Tenth Annual Chamber Concert Series, Central Conservatory Beijing, China; International Beijing Choir Festival; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; Christmas Atlanta Festival, and Arts International Festival, Frances Marion University among others.
She is a member of the International Voice Care Network of St. John’s University, Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Fraternity, Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta, the American Choral Directors Association and the Association of Anglican Musicians.