Rebecca Lanning is known as an engaging, artistically vulnerable performer with
a rich, colorful tone. She has performed in recital, opera, and oratorio throughout
the U.S. and in France. Symphonic appearances include the Georgia Symphony,
Central Florida Symphony, Valdosta Symphony, Albany Symphony and Macon
Symphony. Her musicians heart, however, lies at the fringes of the canon. She
presented the world premiere of McNair’s Judas Wind with the Macon Symphony
Orchestra, the Georgia premier of Einhorn’s The Spires, the City, the Field with
the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and regularly programs obscure works by lesser
Lanning was named Young Artist of the Year by the Gretchen Bunche Endowed
Recital Series, and received the Irvin Bushman Award at the National Association
of Teachers of Singing Artist Auditions. As a member of Robert Shaw’s Chamber
Singers and Festival Singers, she has performed several times at Carnegie Hall.
A versatile musician, Dr. Lanning received degrees in voice and continued with
graduate studies in music history at Ohio University; and arts policy studies at
Valdosta State University. She has done extensive research in the relationship
between the arts, the academy, and the educational social contract. Dr. Lanning
is the leading scholar of American composer, Kathleen Lockhart Manning. For
her research of Ms. Manning, she received the John Houk Research Grant. She has been authorized to write the first official biography of Ms. Manning, using primary documents entrusted to her by Manning's family. Other research areas include private/public artistic partnerships, the relationship between arts education and the contemporary cultural economy, and music entrepreneurship.
An active choral conductor, Dr. Lanning has presented choral master classes and clinics throughout Georgia. She is Professor and Coordinator of Music at Middle Georgia State University and was named the sole recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010. She received the American Patriot Award from the US Army Reserves in 2009 for outstanding service to veterans in her classroom. She currently serves as the President of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.