Robyn Reeves Lana, USA
Robyn Reeves Lana is the Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC), Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM, she sponsors undergraduate interns and mentors graduate choral conducting students. Under her leadership, CCC has received the Scripps-Corbett Award (Artist Award Category) and earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games.
Recognized for building tone, artistry, and independent musicianship in children and youth, Lana has conducted international, state and regional honor and festival choirs, including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division, and an international children’s festival choir at Carnegie Hall. She has served as conductor/clinician internationally in China, Italy and Maylasia (2015) and is a founding co-director of the Coastal Song Children’s Choir Festival. She has presented workshops for ACDA, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) National Conference, Chorus America, the World Choir Games 2012, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) state and regional conventions (Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee), Chamber Music America National Convention, and regionally at colleges and universities. Her choirs have performed for State, Regional, and National professional development conferences including ACDA Central Division and the AOSA National Conference.
Lana regularly prepares her choirs for collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati May Festival, and CCM choirs and orchestras achieving an extensive list of orchestral and operatic repertoire for children and praise from collaborating conductors including John Adams, Marcus Huber, James Conlon Earl Rivers and Mark Gibson among others. In July 2015, her choir will be featured for a mass at St. Peters Basilica, Rome and at the World Expo in Milan. She has also prepared her singers to perform with a Broadway touring company and regularly prepares them for performance with the CCM Opera Division. In addition to preparing CCC for compact disc releases and regularly recording concerts, Mrs. Lana has prepared them for two Telarc label recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Erich Kunzel.
Lana has published articles in the ACDA’s Choral Journal, Choristers Guild’s The Chorister, and Chamber Music America’s CMA Matters. She served as an ACDA representative for the 2012 World Choir Games Music Advisory Committee. From 2007-2013, she served ACDA as National Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choir Repertoire and Standards. In her work for ACDA, she led the national committee into new ways to serve membership by presenting a retreat for children’s and community youth choir directors. The event, organized three times under Lana, is now a biennial conference offered by ACDA. Mrs. Lana is also a member of Chorus America, MENC, AOSA, and IFCM.
A founding board member of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium, she has served as president of the board since its inception. She earned both Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds Level III Orff-Schulwerk Certification.
She earned both Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. With a focus in Choral Conducting, Mrs. Lana earned a Cognate in Voice and has done post-graduate at Butler University. Lana was honored to receive the CCM Distinguished Alumna Award in 2012.