Susan Swaney serves as an adjunct faculty member in the IU Musical Theatre B.F.A. program, where she teaches studio voice lessons.
Swaney was musical director for West Side Story at Cardinal Stage Company, where she also music directed Les Miserables and My Fair Lady, and was vocal director for Next to Normal, The Wizard of Oz, and Inherit the Wind. She conducted IU Ballet's production of Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields and Pirates of Penzance for IU Theatre; and she was vocal coach for the midwest tour of John Mellencamp and Stephen King's musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
Swaney is Artistic Director of Voces Novae chamber choir, which has received national attention for its thought-provoking programs, including their recent commission, Kurt Vonnegut: Requiem; and she has been Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington for 21 years, where she has built a fine 75-voice choir and made music part of an active social justice outreach program.
Dr. Swaney received her doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Violin from the University of Michigan (where she also studied viola da gamba and baroque violin) and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University, where she sang lead soprano roles in Nixon in China, Ghosts of Versailles, Candide, Fiddler on the Roof (with Giorgio Tozzi as Tevye) and Les Noces. She has performed with Aguava New Music Studio at the Tempus Fugit Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel; the Microtonal Festival in New York City; the Library of Congress in Washington, and Festival Cervantino in Mexico. She can be heard singing backup on John Mellencamp's single "Thank You," and she played the role of Florence Foster Jenkins (opposite Ray Fellman) in Cardinal Stage Company's production of Souvenir.