Music director

Susan Davenny Wyner

 

Susan Davenny Wyner has received national acclaim for her conducting. The Library of Congress featured her in its 2003 "Women Who Dare" Engagement Calendar, and the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and WGBH Television have presented documentary features on her life and work. Her conducting credits include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Odense Danish Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra members in benefit concerts, concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, and recordings for Bridge and Albany Records. Andre Previn, Lynn Harrell, Claude Frank, Peter Serkin, and Emanuel Ax, have been among her guest soloists.

 

She has conducted symphonic, opera, oratorio, and choral repertoire from the 15th through 21st century, working with period instruments as well as premiering over thirty new works. The New York Times called her conducting "rapturous" and "richly textured and emotionally compelling." Opera News Online praised the "terrific lyrical moments under Susan Davenny Wyner's deft baton," The Cleveland Plain Dealer called her "a galvanizing presence," The Chicago Tribune called her conducting "rousing and joyous", The Los Angeles Times praised her "sensitive and thoughtful leadership," and The Boston Globe has four times selected her conducted performances among the "Best Musical Events of the Year". The American Record Guide placed her Bridge Records release of the Orchestra Music of Yehudi Wyner on its 2009 Year's Top Ten.

 

Music Director and Conductor of The Warren Philharmonic Orchestra (Ohio) since 1999, Ms. Davenny Wyner is also Music Director and Conductor of two opera companies-Opera Western Reserve since its creation in 2004, and Boston Midsummer Opera since 2007. From 1999-2005, she was Music Director and Conductor of The New England String Ensemble in Boston, which she brought to national prominence. Under her direction, the orchestra received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Koussevitsky Foundation of the Library of Congress, appeared on the Bank of Boston Celebrity Series, and was regularly broadcast and recorded by WGBH radio. She has held conducting positions at New England Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Wellesley College, and at Brandeis and Cornell Universities, and she has conducted numerous lecture demonstrations and master-classes for the National Conductors Guild, at the Shanghai Conservatory, and at Harvard and Yale Universities among many others.

 

Initially trained as a violinist and violist, Susan Davenny Wyner went on to an international career as a Lyric Soprano- singing with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonics among many others. She performed regularly with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Colin Davis, Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel, Helmut Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Shaw, Seiji Ozawa, and Neville Marriner--often premiering works written especially for her. She recorded for Columbia Masterworks, Angel/EMI, Naxos, New World, CRI and Musical Heritage, winning both a Grammy and a Grand Prix du Disc. After a hit and run accident destroyed her singing voice, she began her career as a conductor.