About Lynn Sjolund, Conductor Emeritus Lynn Sjolund, Conductor Emeritus of the Rogue Valley Chorale, served as Artistic Director from 1973 until 2013. During his tenure the Chorale presented concerts to the community several times a year, toured Europe 7 times, performed at Carnegie Hall and made a lasting impact on the Southern Oregon community. Under Mr. Sjolund’s artistic direction the Rogue Valley Chorale performed many of the great works including Handel’s Messiah, Brahm’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Bernstein’s Mass. Mr. Sjolund is well known as a conductor and choral clinician. He has directed festival groups and adjudicated choruses around the country. His tenure with the Chorale began with its founding and spanned four decades, with the exception of three years when he was Director of Choral Studies at Loyola University in New Orleans. Mr. Sjolund taught for many years in the Medford Public Schools and served as President of the Oregon Music Educator’s Association and of the Northwest Division of the Music Educators National Conference. He also served on the American Choral Directors Association Board of Directors for Oregon.
Following his retirement from teaching in public schools, Mr. Sjolund taught at Lewis and Clark College, University of Oregon, and Southern Oregon University on an interim basis. He was also Artistic Director and Conductor for Rogue Opera and Rogue Opera Programs for Youth. Operas he conducted include Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Tosca and Pirates of Penzance. He also produced and conducted education programs including Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pirates of Penzance and Opera for Kids. Mr. Sjolund has conducted the Britt Festival Orchestra and the Rogue Valley Symphony in concerts with the Chorale as the featured group. He also has conducted all-state and festival choirs in the Northwestern and Southeastern United States.
Mr. Sjolund has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon School of Music, the Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year by the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association, and the Distinguished Service to Music Education Award from the Northwest Music Educators. He was honored by his colleagues, receiving the DIstinguished Service to Choral Music Award by the Northwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Mr. Sjolund was honored by the Arts Council of Southern Oregon, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award on October 4, 2002. He is an honorary member of the Medford-Rogue Rotary and served as President and as a Board Member of the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. His academic degrees are from the University of Oregon with advanced study at the International Program for Music Education in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Lynn Sjolund is married to Doris Sjolund, Founder/Director Emerita of the Rogue Valley Children’s Chorus.