Lynda R. Hasseler, D.M.A.
Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor 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) Preparatory Department. Lana is on the choral faculty at Xavier University and will be a guest professor in CCM’s choral department in the spring semester. Under her leadership, CCC earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, earning first place in the US in their category. In December 2015, CCC received the prestigious American Prize for Choral Performance in Youth Choirs, and in June 2016 CCC received the Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

A leading clinician and conductor across the US, Lana has also been invited to present and conduct internationally, in China, Italy, Japan and Malaysia. Under Lana’s direction CCC has sung at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and represented the US at the World Expo in Milan, Lana has conducted state and regional honor and festival choirs, throughout the US including Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division.  She has been a featured guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, and will make her Kennedy Center debut in 2017. 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’s state and regional conventions (Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming), 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 National Conference (2017), 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, CCM Opera Division, and CCM choirs and orchestras achieving an extensive list of orchestral and operatic repertoire for children and praise from collaborating conductors including John Adams, Louis Langree, John Morris Russell, Marcus Huber, James Conlon, Earl Rivers and Mark Gibson among others. 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 Erich Kunzel.

Lana is the editor of a choral series in her name with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. The highly successful series has become respected throughout the national choral community. She has published articles in the ACDA’s Choral Journal, Choristers Guild’s The Chorister, and Chamber Music America’s CMA Matters.  In early 2017, her book Voices in Harmony: Youth Choir Leadership, Education and Artistry will be released from Alfred Publishing. The resource, a collaboration with leaders in the children’s and youth choir field, is a culmination of her work in the US and celebrates many successful philosophies in choral education.

Lana served as an ACDA representative for the 2012 World Choir Games Music Advisory Committee. From 2007-2013, she served ACDA as the National Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choir Repertoire and Standards. In her work for ACDA, she pioneered the national committee into an innovative project to serve membership. She established the now biennial conference for children’s and community youth choir directors and initiated specific networking opportunities at the national conference.  She currently serves ACDA as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Advocacy and Collaboration and is on the board of Chorus America.

A founding board member of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium, she served as president of the board from 2013-2016.  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. With a focus in Choral Conducting, Lana earned a Cognate in Voice and has done post-graduate studies at Butler University.  She is a recent recipient of CCM’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Robyn Lana
In 1986, I began my teaching career at Rockford Public Schools as a general music 
instructor for grades K through 6. Two years later I was hired by Spring Lake Public Schools to serve as an elementary music teacher and in 1993, shifted my focus to secondary vocal music instruction. I now teach grades 5 through 12 at Spring Lake Intermediate School, Spring Lake Middle School and Spring Lake High School. Outside of the school day, I maintain a private piano studio and sing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. During my summers, I am an instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. I am married, have two grown daughters and two rowdy golden retrievers.

My Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Michigan’s School of Music and my Masters in Education is from Grand Valley State University.

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