"Szymko specializes in choral works of
haunting beauty." *
Joan Szymko's music is sung by distinguished ensembles across North America and abroad, with performances at international competitions and festivals, at state and regional conferences, and at six consecutive National Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Works such as "Nada te turbe" and "It Takes a Village" have entered into the standard repertoire. Especially significant is Szymko's contribution to the body of quality literature for women's voices. The ACDA has recognized Joan's lasting contribution to the choral arts by selecting her as the recipient of the 2010 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission, "All Works of Love."
Composing for choir was a natural outgrowth of Joan's creativity as a conductor. She has led community and church choirs in the Pacific Northwest for over three decades. As with her conducting, Joan's dedication to craft and artistry, her love and respect for the singer, and her insistence on quality texts are all reflected in her choral writing. She joined the choral faculty at Portland State University in 2013 as director of Vox Femina and has begun her 20th season as Artistic Director of Aurora Chorus, a 100-voice community choir.
- 7866 SE 46th Ave
- Portland ,
- Postal Code:
- United States
B.S Music Education, University of Illinois
- 2013, Composer; New Dramtists / Nautilus Music-Theater, Composer-LIbrettist Studio, New York, NY
- 2010, ACDA; Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commissioned Composer
- 2009, Instituto Sacatar; Awarded Fellowship for 7 week residency ( Itaparica, BA Brazil)
- 2002, Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC/Oregon); Project Grant for "A Choral Conspiracy"
- 2001, Oregon Arts Commission; Individual Artist Fellowship
- 2001, ASCAP; juried selection as participant in annual LA Film Scoring Workshop
1995-present, Composer-in Residence, Do Jump! Movement Theater, Portland, Or
1994-2000, Composer in Residence, Concord Community of Choirs, Portland, Or