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Lyn Koenning has over twenty-five years’ teaching, conducting and performing experience. She discovered her calling early in life when she began teaching piano to neighborhood children and “directing” them in musicals at about eight years old. Four decades later, she is more passionate than ever about inspiring students to excel in the performing arts.
An accomplished pianist, Lyn has extensive performing credits as a collaborative pianist for solo vocal and instrumental music, cover and pop bands, and musical theatre and opera. Lyn was named "Best Musical Director" for the third time by the Austin Critics' Table Awards for UT's 2010 production of Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang's chamber opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field. In 2009 she received nominations from the Austin Critics' Table as “Best Musical Director” for Caroline, or Change (ZACH Theatre), Always…Patsy Cline (TexARTS), and Oklahoma! (SummerStock Austin). Lyn garnered the 2008 award as “Best Musical Director” for Assassins at UT, ZACH Theatre’s landmark production of Porgy and Bess, and the TexARTS production of Carousel at the Paramount Theatre. She previously had earned the Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Best Musical Director” in 2005 for her direction of The Secret Garden (Zilker Hillside Theatre) and Cabaret (UT).
Lyn’s experience as a performer perfectly complements her love for teaching musical theatre. She has served as musical director or conductor for, at last count, over sixty productions in Austin, six of which were named Best Musical including Beehive, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Dreamgirls, Big River, The Secret Garden and Porgy and Bess. Lyn has made multiple appearances as musical director at ZACH, the Paramount Theatre, the State Theatre, UT’s B. Iden Payne and Oscar G. Brockett Theatres, St. Edwards’ Mary Moody Northen Theatre, and Zilker Hillside Theatre. She previously was nominated by the Austin Circle of Theatres and the Austin Critics’ Table as "Best Musical Director" for Five Guys Named Moe (1994), The Beggar’s Opera (1995), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (1999), and Big River (1999). Before joining the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Lyn music directed the UT productions of The Threepenny Opera, Time Again in Oz, Marat/Sade, and Cabaret as a guest artist.
Lyn teaches courses in musical theatre audition and performance practices and musical theatre acting and vocal technique. As a musical director and instrumental and vocal arranger, she also brings students together with creative teams (Rosie!- Larry Gatlin, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Anne de Mare; I've Never Been So Happy - Rude Mechs; You Can’t Win - Ben Snyder, Jenn Hartmann Luck) in developing new work for musical theatre. She is a founding Artistic Director of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a three-week summer intensive beginning in June 2012, for high school students who want to receive pre-professional training in musical theatre skills from Broadway professionals and experienced university faculty. Lyn is a member of Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance International and is a Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes.
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Literature
The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, summa cum laude
Texas Tech University