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, and in the Choral Department of the IU Jacobs School of Music.
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 18 years, where she has built a fine 75-voice choir and made music part of an active social justice outreach program. Swaney was music director for the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama's production of Pirates of Penzance in 2001 and of Twyla Tharp's ballet Sweet Fields at the IU Jacobs School in 2008. 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, 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.