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Susan Swaney

Susan Swaney

Adjunct Voice Instructor

B.M in Music History and Violin, University of Michigan, 1983
M.M. in Voice, Indiana University, 1993
D.M. in Choral Conducting, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2008

Susan Swaney serves as an adjunct faculty member in the IU B.F.A. program, where she teaches studio voice lessons.

Swaney was most recently vocal coach for the tour of John Mellencamp and Stephen King's musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and music director for Cardinal Stage Company's Les Miserables. For Cardinal, she has also been music directed My Fair Lady and was vocal director for Next to Normal, Wizard of Oz, and Inherit the Wind. She conducted IU Ballet's production of Twyla Tharps's Sweet Fields and the IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance's production of Pirates of Penzance (which featured many students currently appearing on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera: Heath Calvert, Elizabeth Stanley, Kate Lindsay, and Jordan Bisch).

Swaney is Artistic Director of Voces Novae chamber choir, which has received national attention for its thought-provoking programs; and she has been Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington for 21 years, where she has built a fine 75-voice choir and made music part of an active social justice outreach program. She is the former director of the Indiana University Children's Choir program, where she oversaw five choirs and co-directed the Chamber Choir, whose performance on Paul Hillier's Carols of the Old and New Worlds CD was called "amazing and diction-perfect" by a USA Today reviewer.

Dr. Swaney received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Violin from the University of Michigan (where she also studied viola da gamba and baroque violin) and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University, where she sang lead soprano roles in Nixon in China, Ghosts of Versailles, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof (with Giorgio Tozzi as Tevye) and Les Noces. She has also been soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with orchestras in Indiana, premiered the operas Easter Eve by Constance Cooper at Princeton University and Fire in My Bones by Deborah Phelps in Indiananapolis and Nashville, TN. She has performed with Aguava New Music Studio at the Tempus Fugit Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Microtonal Festival in New York City; the Library of Congress in Washington, and Festival Cervantino in Mexico. She can be heard singing backup on John Mellencamp's single "Thank You," and she played the role of Florence Foster Jenkins (opposite Ray Fellman) in Cardinal Stage Company's production of Souvenir.