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Robyn Reeves Lana

Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor, Cincinnati Youth Choir

Interpreting choral music for diverse audiences in a way that is relevant to young people while maintaining the highest standards of music education and performance sums up the work of Robyn Reeves Lana.

Founder of Cincinnati Youth Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Mrs. Lana has served as conductor and clinician across the United States and at internationally acclaimed venues such as The Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), The World Expo (Milan), St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican City), Minatomirai Hall (Yokohama). Internationally she has served as a clinician in Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Ireland, China, and looks forward to opportunities in Canada and Costa Rica. She has been a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has served as clinician in over 30 states. Lana has served on the choral faculty at Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s, and is currently on the choral faculty at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio . 

Lana is the editor of a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Her book, Voices in Harmony is a collaborative effort that celebrates many successful philosophies in choral education. Other publications include Chorister’s Guild, Chamber Music America, and ACDA’s Choral Journal for which she served as guest editor of three issues. 

Achieving an extensive list of orchestral and operatic repertoire for children and praise from collaborating conductors, Lana regularly prepares her choirs for collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and CCM choirs and orchestras.  CYC is featured on two Telarc label recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of the late Maestro Erich Kunzel.

Lana has served ACDA national as Children’s Choir and Community Youth Repertoire and Standards Chair and Chair of ACDA Advocacy and Collaboration. She currently serves on the Chorus America Board of Directors.

Robyn Reeves Lana earned her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She holds Level III Orff-Schulwerk Certification and has done focused study on children’s choirs at Butler University. 

Ms. Lana’s work has earned many awards including CCM’s Distinguished Alumna Award (2012), a gold medal in the World Choir Games (2012) placing first in the United States, the American Prize for Choral Performance (2015), the Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming (2016), Chorus America Award for Education and Community Engagement (2018), and Cincinnati CityBeat’s Best Local Vocal Arts Group (2015 and 2017).  Most recently she was celebrated in the book Imagineers • Impresarios • Inventors: Cincinnati’s Arts and the POWER OF HER which tells the inspiring stories of the formidable influence of women in the arts throughout Cincinnati’s dynamic history.

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