Lynn Swanson is hailed by many as one of the most versatile of all musicians. She is a sought after conductor, vocal pedagogue, clinician and organist. She holds the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, and the Master of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
In addition to creating and leading numerous Choral Foundation ensembles over the past decade, Ms. Swanson leads workshops for church choirs and community choruses as the Director of the Institute of Healthy Singing. Ms. Swanson is the Founder of the Northside Young Singers, the Summer Singers of Lee’s Summit (co-founder) and the Summer Baroque Institute. From 2015-2017 she served as Music Director of the original Festival Singers ensemble, now called the New South Festival Singers. She served as Executive Associate Music Director of the Choral Foundation from 2011-2017.
In August 2017 Lynn Swanson became the leader of the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Chorus in Zhuhai, China, about an hour from Hong Kong. The children’s chorus, a program of the Webb-Mitchell Arts Center in cooperation with the British Schools Foundation, performs with leading conductors from across the globe. Upon her return to the United States Ms. Swanson will become director of the Choral Foundation’s first fully professional ensemble, The Lynn Swanson Chorale.
In 1991-93 she served as guest organist and accompanist for the Choir of Christ the King Anglican Church in Frankfurt Germany giving choral performances at the Old Saint Nicholas Church in Frankfurt, the Notre Dame Cathedral and American Cathedral in Paris. As an Atlanta native, she has served as Music Director for several Greater Atlanta churches, building strong and diverse music programs in each. She was appointed Music Director & Organist for the St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Georgia in August 2011. In less than six months she created a children’s music ministry in the young and rapidly growing congregation, and led an acclaimed performance of Handel’s Messiah with the 70-voice choir and chamber orchestra before a standing-room-only audience from the parish and the wider community. In the four years of her tenure, the Choir of St. Benedict’s has also performed Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus Vir, The program is now a comprehensive music ministry with three graded youth handbell and choral ensembles, in addition to a very active parish choir.
Recent choral/orchestral masterworks have included Bach: Mass in B Minor, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, Cantata No. 51 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” and Magnificat; Brahms: A German Requiem; Mozart’s Solemn Vespers; Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate, Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Coronation Mass; Handel's Messiah, Dettingen Te Deum & Water Music Suite, and Israel in Egypt; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Faure’s Requiem; Schubert’s Mass in G; Haydn’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir, in addition to Bernstein: Chichester Psalms & Missa Brevis; Her choral ensembles have been featured recently as headline performers at the Christmas Atlanta Festival, Arts International, and appear annually at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Lynn plays an active and supportive role as a member of the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta and the Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Fraternity.