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’ workshop performances of major works; hosts summer choral outreach “Sing-ins;” and prepares the Chorus for work with Oakland Symphony as well as regional community and youth orchestras with which it collaborates, such as Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and California Symphony.
Dr. Morrow received a GRAMMY nomination for her work with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (now Pacific Edge Voices), with whom she has 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, including a workshop on a cruise to Alaska from San Francisco. Dr. Morrow has just 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. Dr. Morrow strives for a visceral connection to music, presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways, to reach the widest possible audiences.