Robyn Reeves Lana is the Founder, Managing Artistic Director, and Conductor of the award-winning Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC), Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department (CCM) where she will serve as guest adjunct faculty in 2017. Under her leadership, CCC earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, and in December 2015, CCC received the prestigious American Prize for Choral Performance in Youth Choirs. Lana is also on the choral faculty at Xavier University where she conducts the women’s chorus and teaches Choral Methods.
Recognized for building tone, artistry, and independent musicianship in children and youth, Lana has been invited to present nationally and conduct international, state, and regional honor and festival choirs, including Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, 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. Invitations to serve as conductor/clinician internationally include China, Italy, Japan, and Malaysia. She has presented workshops for ACDA, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Chorus America, the World Choir Games 2012, National Association for Music Education, Chamber Music America. Her choirs have performed for State, Regional, and National professional development conferences.
Lana regularly prepares her choirs for collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, 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 Langrée, John Morris Russell, Marcus Huber, James Conlon, Earl Rivers, and Mark Gibson among others. She prepared CCC for two Telarc label recordings with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Erich Kunzel.
Lana has a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing promoting new treble choir music. She has published articles in the ACDA’s Choral Journal, Choristers Guild’s The Chorister, and Chamber Music America’s CMA Matters. She has served ACDA in state and divisional leadership positions, as National Chair for Children’s and Community Youth Choir Repertoire and Standards (2007-2013) and was guest editor of the March 2016 Choral Journal, the fourth children’s/youth choir focus issue in the history of the journal. Summer 2016 premiered her new collaborative book, Voices in Harmony: Youth Choir Leadership, Education, and Artistry. Currently, Lana is honored to serve on the Chorus America Board of Directors and ACDA as the Chair of Advocacy and Collaboration.
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's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds Level III Orff Schulwerk Certification.