Affiliation: Indonesian Children's Choir
Presentation: Interest Session
Biography: Aida Swenson is one of Indonesia’s strongest forces of choral music development. As founder and conductor of the world-renowned Indonesian Children and Youth Choirs Cordana, her choirs have gathered international recognitions and awards and have performed in major cities in the United States (2007 ACDA Convention Miami), Germany 2012 Musica Sacra, Marktoberdorf), Poland, Japan, Switzerland (2016 European Youth Choir Festival, Basel), Philippines, Singapore, Denmark (2008 IFCM Symposium Copenhagen), France (2010 Polyfollia), Canada (2011 Festival 500), China (2015 IFCM Choral Expo, Macau; 2015 Taipei International Choral Festival), and other Asian countries. A graduate of the Westminster Choir College, Aida conducts workshops nationally and internationally and is a frequent adjudicator for international choral events. She is Chairperson of the Foundation for the Development of Choral Music in Indonesia and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Church Music. Aida has spent many years traveling throughout Indonesia creating and leading choirs in provinces, giving masters classes, and training choral conductors. She is a pillar of change, of progress, and of energy in her mission to achieve irrefutable quality in choral music throughout Indonesia and around the world.