Lynn Swanson 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 College as a recipient of the Theodor Presser Foundation Scholarship.
She presently serves as Music Director of All Saints’ Cathedral in Milwaukee and leads a choral scholar program in addition to the adult choir which provides music from the Renaissance to present day each week for its Sunday Eucharist services. She was also recently appointed Staff Accompanist at Milwaukee Ballet and offers private piano and voice instruction at her home studio.
Prior to these appointments, she served as Executive Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. In her tenure as Artistic Director, the choir was a finalist in the 2019 Footlights Awards for Best Performance by a Performing Ensemble. Milwaukee Children’s Choir was the first to ever reach Finalist status with the People’s Choice Awards. In addition, the Milwaukee Youth Chorale was one of two choirs from across Wisconsin to receive an invitation by competitive audition to perform at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association’s annual conference in Madison last October, 2019.
Previous to her time in Milwaukee, Ms. Swanson 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. While in China, she wrote articles on the science behind the voice on DevelopingVoices.blog which was also published weekly on the American Choral Directors Association online newsletter ChoralNet.org. She conducted research on the Chinese Girl’s Changing Voice (ages 10-14) in conjunction with simultaneous research with Allegro Choirs in Kansas City through the University of Kansas.
As Executive Associate Music Director of 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 Assistant Organist and Accompanist for the Choir of Christ the King Anglican Church in Frankfurt, Germany giving choral performances at the Notre-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.
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 Bejing Choir Festival; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; Christmas Atlanta Festival, and Arts International Festival, Frances Marion University among others.
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, Cantatas Number 4 and 140; 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.
She is a member of the International Voice Care Network of St. John’s University, Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Fraternity, and the American Choral Directors Association and American Guild of Organists.