Cincinnati May Festival Names New Director of Choruses

By David Salazar

Cincinnati May Festival has announced that Matthew Swanson is the new director of choruses.

He begins his tenure on June 1, 2024.

“I am honored to serve the members of the May Festival Chorus and our broader community as Director of Choruses. The May Festival, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops have been continuing sources of inspiration since I arrived in Cincinnati 12 years ago, and I look forward to our future collaborations,” said Swanson in an official press statement. “I wish to thank Louis Langrée and John Morris Russell for their indelible examples of musicianship, leadership, and humanity. I am especially grateful to Robert Porco, whose commitment to excellence and volunteerism has been transformational for the May Festival and for me. Together with the May Festival Choruses, I am eager to ensure that Cincinnati’s choral community grows even more active and vibrant in the years ahead.”

Swanson, a former May Festival Choral Conducting Fellowship, is the Director of the May Festival Youth Chorus and Associate Director of Choruses for the May Festival as well as the Director of Special Projects. He was previously a member of the Chorus during the 2011-12 season and also served at the CSO Box Office as a patron service representative.

Additionally, he has worked with the Mostly Mozart Festival, and as an educator at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.