Dr. Lyn Ransom founded VOICES in 1987 as a non-profit,
professional music organization. She was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in
central Indiana playing and teaching the violin and composing music. She has
studied violin with Steven Staryk, voice with Eva Likova, piano with Dady
Mehta, viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland, sitar with Vilayat Kahn, and
conducting with Helmut Rilling and Elmer Thomas. She has been a faculty member
at several universities including Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music,
Westminster Conservatory of Music of Rider University, and Iowa State
University, where she taught early childhood music and conducted
She has been a guest conductor in Russia,
Germany, England and the eastern U.S. and has prepared choruses for several
orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, and the
Pittsburgh Symphony. In 1992, Dr. Ransom was given an award for outstanding
contributions to cultural life by the Princeton, NJ Arts Council.
Dr. Ransom served for six years on the
repertoire and standards committee for the Eastern Division of the American
Choral Directors Association. As an advocate for new music, she has conducted
over 30 premieres of choral works. Since its beginning in 1987, VOICES has
sponsored education programs, including exchange concerts with school choirs,
workshops for schools, and a composition program for children ages 5-12. Dr.
Ransom is the Director of Program Development for the Center for Music and
She has presented conference sessions for the
National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Guild of
Community Music Schools of the Arts, Early Childhood Music and Movement
Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators
National Convention, The Conductor's Guild, and many state education
In March 2007 Dr. Ransom was one of the
honorees for Tribute to Women 2007. Tribute to Women honorees are women
who have made significant contributions to their professions, communities,
educational institutions, or organizations, and whose accomplishments reflect
the mission of the YWCA: to eliminate racism and empower women.
Dr. Ransom holds an A.B. Degree in Music from
Oberlin College and Conservatory, an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University in
voice performance and choral conducting, a M.M. from the University of Michigan
in choral music education, and a D.M.A. degree from Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music in conducting. She is the author of several books
published by High/Scope Press including Children as Music Makers,
Learning through Movement, and A Sequence of Musical Concepts.
She enjoys children, cross country skiiing, and playing fiddle, and she can't
wait to have grandchildren to see how children really develop!