Pictured above: Michelle and Richard Hynson
This season marks Richard Hynson’s 32nd year as Music Director of the Bel Canto Chorus. Additionally, Hynson has begun his third season as Music Director of the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra.
In demand as a guest conductor, Hynson’s past engagements include performances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Skylight Music Theatre, and the Racine, Sheboygan, and Waukesha Symphony Orchestras. Hynson has conducted at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he led a large national festival chorus and orchestra in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
In 2012, Hynson was awarded the American Prize in Choral Conducting – community choral division. This national prize provides evaluation, recognition, and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles, and composers. In making the award, the American Prize committee wrote, “During his 24 years as Music Director, Dr. Richard Hynson has transformed Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee from a venerable community chorus to a vibrant, successful arts organization respected for its artistic excellence, innovative programming, and impactful outreach…”
Hynson and members of Bel Canto Chorus have performed internationally at the acclaimed Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, the Festivals of Troyes and Rheims in France, the Llangollen Festival in Wales, and the Elora and Huntsville Festivals in Canada. In addition to its annual concert season, the chorus is often called upon to participate in performances by national touring companies. In November 2016, Bel Canto participated in the Milwaukee performance of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses: Master Quest. The chorus has performed with orchestras in Argentina, Uruguay, France, and Ireland. In June 2017, Bel Canto traveled to Germany and Czech Republic and performed two concerts.