Dr. Lynne Morrow

chorus director

Dr. Lynne Morrow became Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus in 2005. During her tenure the scope of the Chorus has expanded to include contemporary, international, and neglected works, along with traditional choral repertoire. She conducts the Chorus’ own performances of new and major works; takes the Chorus on periodic tours; hosts summer choral outreach “Sing-ins;” and prepares the Chorus for work with Oakland Symphony as well as other regional community and youth orchestras with which it collaborates, including Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Dr. Morrow received a GRAMMY nomination for her work with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (now Pacific Edge Voices), with whom she also recorded two CDs of Dave Brubeck’s choral music. Since 2001, she has directed the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre Programs at Sonoma State University. Dr. Morrow presents workshops on African American Spirituals, and works as a clinician with choruses across the country on spirituals and other American music. Dr. Morrow has received the Heritage Keepers Award from the Friends of Negro Spirituals. She has also given lectures on music for major Bay Area organizations including Oakland Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Stern Grove and Festival Opera. Dr. Morrow strives for a powerful connection to music, presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways, to reach the widest possible audiences.