Joan Szymko

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Joan Szymko (born 1957) is an American choral conductor, music educator and composer. She was born in Chicago and studied choral conducting and music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana, graduating in 1978. She settled in Seattle, Washington, and worked as a music teacher, composer and choral conductor. [1]


In 1993 Szymko took a position directing the Aurora Chorus in Portland, Oregon. She founded the women's choir Viriditas Vocal Ensemble in 1994. Szymko composed the music for the Broadway musical Do Jump! [2] and Jan Maher's play Most Dangerous Women. [3]


Szymko composes mainly for theater and choral ensembles. Selected works include:

Her music has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

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