Works in Progress

Debra Lynn's Compositional Journey


May 2020


For Piano Duo I usually have a particular musician’s sound in mind when I compose. My aural model for this work is my dear friend and colleague (pictured with me above) Dr. Pamela Haynes. My favorite of Pam’s many strengths... Continue Reading →

We Shall Overcome

12 May 2020 Even Coronavirus can't stop Manchester University's A Cappella Choir from coming together virtually. Students in the choir perform "We Shall Overcome" in a special arrangement by Professor Debra Lynn. Typically a signature concert-ender for the choir, this... Continue Reading →


The photo above shows my advanced conducting class from 2021. We were discussing some of the difficulties with getting a decent conductor headshot -- I mean, what d'ya do with a baton, after all? So, we decided to imitate some... Continue Reading →


27-29 February 2020 Brilliant, prolific composer and drummer extraordinaire (The Police, Oysterhead, Animal Logic, and Gizmodrome) Stewart Copeland came to see some rehearsals and our collegiate premiere of his 5th opera "The Invention of Morel." Here are some fun photos... Continue Reading →


Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) It was, of course, a shock to people at the time; but, the tonality was always there, waiting to be revealed. Traveling, talking to people, and rehearsing, I’m always finding new ideas. If I stay in one... Continue Reading →

In Memoriam: Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

2 May 2020 On March 29, 2020 Krzysztof Penderecki passed away. I am not exaggerating when I say this man was like the Beethoven of the 20th century. He broke all the rules and forced us to consider all sound... Continue Reading →

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