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Lyn Koenning is an award-winning music director, vocal arranger and voice and acting coach whose students have appeared on Broadway, regional theatre, television and film. Lyn has nearly thirty years’ teaching, conducting and performing experience and discovered her calling early in life when she began teaching piano to neighborhood children and “directing” them in musicals at when she was eight years old. Four decades later, she is more passionate than ever about inspiring students to excel in the performing arts.
A member of the University of Texas at Austin acting faculty, Lyn teaches courses in musical theatre auditioning and performance skills, directs the UT Musical Theatre Ambassadors, an ensemble that performs musical theatre repertoire from musical theatre in cabaret-style entertainment and musical revues for on- and off-campus events, and serves as the Musical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance main stage productions. As a musical director and instrumental and vocal arranger, she also brings students together with creative teams to develop new work for musical theatre. Lyn is currently working with UT students on a new musical-in-progress written by the Tony-winning composer and playwright of Urinetown, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis.
Lyn is the Producing Artistic Director of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a three-week summer intensive for high school students who want to receive pre-professional training in musical theatre and college auditioning skills from Broadway professionals and experienced university faculty. An accomplished pianist, she has extensive performing credits as a collaborative pianist for solo vocal and instrumental music, cover and pop bands, and musical theatre and opera. Lyn has accompanied TXMTW master classes for Broadway luminaries including Kathleen Marshall, Billy Porter, Barbara Cook, and Judy Kuhn.
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 Critic’s 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 is a member of Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance International and 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