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. In August 2018, Ms. Swanson became Executive Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children's Choir in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In January 2015, Lynn Swanson created the Institute for Healthy Singing, an educational outreach of the William Baker Choral Foundation. The IHS offers workshops, seminars, online resources, and consulting services across the nation, promoting vocal hygiene and a science-based approach to choral and vocal pedagogy. Ms. Swanson served as Director of the Institute through August 2018. She remains as a Fellow of the Institute for Healthy Singing. Her educational resource, DevelopingVoices.blog has proved a significant resource for America's choral leadership community.
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.
The Lynn Swanson Chorale is being developed as the first fully professional choral ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation.