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Susan Swaney

Susan Swaney

Artistic Director Susan Swaney

Susan Swaney has been music director of Voces Novae since 1999 and artistic director since 2004.

Swaney will be music directing Cardinal Stage Company's upcoming production of West Side Story  and was previously music director for their productions of Les Miserables and My Fair Lady, as well as Indiana University Ballet's production of Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields, and Indiana University Theatre's Pirates of Penzance. She was vocal coach for the midwest tour of John Mellencamp and Stephen King's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and Cardinal's productions of The Wizard of Oz and Next to Normal.  She is music director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, where she has built a fine 65-voice choir and made music part of an active social justice outreach program. She also teaches choral conducting at the IU Jacobs School of Music and voice in the musical theatre program of the Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. Formerly director of the Indiana University Children's Choir program, her choir's performance on Paul Hillier's Carols of the Old and New Worlds CD was called "amazing and diction-perfect" by a USA Today reviewer. She has commissioned and/or premiered over 50 new works, many by local composers.

Swaney received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Violin from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University, where she sang lead soprano roles in Nixon in ChinaGhosts of VersaillesCandideFiddler on the Roof, and Les Noces. She has performed with Aguava New Music Studio at the Tempus Fugit Festival in Israel; the Microtonal Festival in New York City; the Library of Congress in Washington; and Festival Cervantino in Mexico. She can be heard singing back-up on John Mellencamp's single, "Thank You," and she performed the role of Florence Foster Jenkins in Cardinal Stage Company's production of Stephen Temperly's Souvenir in Bloomington and Florida.