Organist & Choirmaster

Dear Ascension Family Members,

We would like to welcome our new Interim Choirmaster and Organist, Ms. Lynn Swanson.  

She is hailed by many as one of the most versatile of all musicians. She is a sought-after conductor, choral pedagogue, clinician and church musician. She holds a Master of Music Education in Choral Pedagogy from the University of Kansas in addition to the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Shorter College as a recipient of the Theodor Presser Foundation Scholarship.

Ms. Swanson most recently served as Music Director of All Saints’ Cathedral in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Prior to her time in Milwaukee, Ms. Swanson served as Assistant Director of the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir in Zhuhai, China while concurrently serving as the Director of the Institute for Healthy Singing under the William Baker Choral Foundation. While in China, she conducted research on the Chinese Girl’s Changing Voice and wrote articles on the science behind the voice as the Editor of DevelopingVoices.blog which was published weekly on the American Choral Directors Association online newsletter ChoralNet.org.

Ms. Swanson has served Atlanta area churches for the whole of her career including                      St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church and Due West United Methodist Church, Choir of Christ the King Anglican Church, Frankfurt, Germany and St. Johann Kirche in Kronberg, Germany.

From 2008 – 2017, she was Executive Associate Music Director of The William Baker Choral Foundation, holding the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, a professional level ensemble based in Atlanta, Georgia and the Cobb Summer Singers.

Her choral ensembles have toured throughout the United States and have been featured on Central China Television Network; the Tenth Annual Chamber Concert Series, Central Conservatory Beijing, China; International Bejing Choir Festival; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; Christmas Atlanta Festival, and Arts International Festival.

She is a member of the International Voice Care Network of St. John’s University, American Guild of Organists, and the American Choral Directors Association.

God’s blessings of peace,

Mother Mary


Like to sing?

Join the St. Cecilia Choir!

Ages 7 – 17, Unchanged voices

The St. Cecilia Choir rehearsals are fun and musically challenging.  We rehearse each Wednesday from 5:00-5:45 PM beginning on August 15th.  A regular commitment to attend rehearsals is expected.  In addition to preparing anthems, we learn the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy.  There is an intentional focus on serving the church, and ministering to our church family and community through our music.  The directors for this group are Alvin Blount and Angee McKee.

This outstanding, energetic choir sings for Sunday morning worship at 9:00 or 11:00 approximately five times during the church year.  They lead worship at the 5:00 PM Christmas Eve service each year.  Check the current schedule for exact dates.

Our singers learn challenging treble music, sing in harmony, build music literacy skills, sing hymns and descants, and learn to sing with a beautiful tone.  An important part of our time together is spent learning the Episcopal liturgy and following the liturgical seasons.

Come, join our exciting children’s music program at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension.  We welcome all singers between the ages of 7 – 17 with unchanged voices.  Contact Angee McKee at amckee56@comcast.net or the church office at (770)-382-2626 if you would like to become part of this musical community.  You’ll always have supportive friends, and you will sing your faith the rest of your life!