The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers based in Smyrna, Georgia, is an ensemble of 30 select singers who are in their Fourth Season. The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers is an ensemble of The William Baker Choral Foundation. In the tradition of the Choral Foundation’s festival singers choirs, it specializes in short-form sacred a cappella classical works, spirituals, and folks music from cultures across the globe. The chorus also presents a major choral/ orchestral masterwork with professional orchestra and soloists in the spring of each year.
Created by the Choral Foundation in August 2009, the chorus has enjoyed great success in just three seasons. They have been featured in the 2009 and 2010 Christmas Atlanta Festivals in December and Convocation 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church in Midtown Atlanta.
Their concerts have included:
2012 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston at the Second Presbyterian Church, Ernest Bloch’s SACRED SERVICE with the William Baker Festival Singers in Kansas City, 2011 Arts International Festival at Marion University in South Carolina, Feast of the Nativity at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, Christmas Atlanta 2009 and 2010, and A Tribute to the American Black Composer in 2012.
Masterworks Concert performing works for chorus and orchestra by Gabriel Faure featuring his exquisitely beautiful REQUIEM and CANTIQUE DE JEAN RACINE along with Morten Lauridsen’s La ROSES COMPLETE and DIRAIT-ON from Les CHANSONS des ROSES. The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers concluded the second season with the Northside Young Singers at the Annual Marietta Festival of Music.
Masterworks Concerts have included Antonio Vivaldi’s BEATUS VIR, Franz Josef Haydn’s TE DEUM, and Franz Schubert’s MASS IN G, Gabriel Faure’s REQUIEM with the Kazanetti Chamber Orchestra, along with Ernest Bloch’s SACRED SERVICE. The 2012-13 Season will again give performances of Bloch’s SACRED SERVICE at The Temple on Peachtree and Leonard Bernstein’s MISSA BREVIS and CHICHESTER PSALMS.
Auditions for the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers are on-going. For information and/or an appointment, please email LSwanson@FestivalSingers.org.