RICHARD HYNSON has contributed to the Greater Milwaukee community as conductor, composer, and teacher for the past twenty-one years. He has served as Music Director for the Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra of Milwaukee since 1988. In March, 2006, Hynson became Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. He was Music Director and Conductor of the Waukegan (IL) Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1998.
Also in demand as a guest conductor, Hynson’s past engagements include performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Skylight Opera Theatre, and the Racine and Waukesha Symphony Orchestras. Hynson guest conducted the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra in May, 2006.
Hynson has toured and conducted throughout Europe and Canada. Hynson and members of Bel Canto International and the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra performed at the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Music Festival in Italy at the invitation of the Festival’s founder, Gian Carlo Menotti. Hynson and the Bel Canto Choral Artists performed with Luciano Pavarotti at the UnitedCenter in Chicago. Bel Canto International toured France performing 20th century works by North American composers, including the European premiere of Hynson’s new work Evensong. On June 4, 2000, Hynson made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut, performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem for MidAmerica Productions. Hynson has led tours to England and Wales to give a series of performances and to compete in the prestigious International Llangollen Choral Competition. Most recently, Hynson and Bel Canto performed at the Huntsville and Elora Festivals in Ontario, Canada. In October, 2008, Hynson conducted the world premiere of Human Reflection—The Photo Symphony, a program combining original scores featuring Swedish jazz great Johan Stengard with the photography of National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry.
In addition to his work as conductor and educator, Hynson is a composer. He has written a substantial body of published choral, vocal, and instrumental works. The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants have frequently performed Hynson’s In the Midst of Life, composed in response to the events of Sept. 11. Most notably, they presented it in New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall for the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
A native of Washington, DC, Hynson has studied orchestral conducting Gerhard Samuel and Bernard Rubenstein. He has participated in ASOL conducting workshops led by Daniel Barenboim, Gustav Meier, and Otto-Werner Mueller. He graduated from the DePauw University Music School (IN) and Westminster Choir College (NJ), completing a DMA in choral conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 1986.