Elizabeth Hogan McFarland

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Adjunct Professor of Music Education

Elzabeth McFarland

Elizabeth Hogan McFarland is pleased to join the choral music education faculty of Webster University as conductor of the Women's Choir and as a supervisor of student teachers. Ms. McFarland has over 10 years of teaching experience in K-12 and higher education throughout Missouri.

She taught vocal and general music in Parkway and Lindbergh School Districts, and previously taught courses in the areas of music and education and supervised student teachers at the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. At the University of Missouri, Ms. McFarland directed the MU Women's Chorale. Under her leadership the ensemble performed at the MU Women's and Gender Studies conference, commissioned and premiered new works for women's choir, and participated in partnerships with Columbia Independent School's middle school choir and Battle High School's women's choir.

Ms. McFarland is also on staff with the St. Louis Children's Choirs, as Community Engagement Coordinator and as an ensemble director. In this role she directs the Choristers ensemble (an 80 voiced advanced ensemble for students in 7th–12th grades), leads community engagement and partnership efforts, and oversees implementation of special projects such as the Music Teacher Workshop and Summer Camp. She designed and leads a new program called Music Made Together, which seeks to connect students and teachers in under served areas of St. Louis with resources in Choral Music.

Elizabeth earned her MM from Michigan State University in Choral Conducting, her BS in Education from the University of Missouri, and her Artist Teacher Certificate through the Choral Music Experience Institute. She is currently a PhD candidate in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with emphases on choral conducting and vocal pedagogy at the University of Missouri. She studied conducting with Dr. Paul Crabb, Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Sandra Snow; she studied voice with Prof. Ann Harrell. Her research/teaching mentor is Dr. Wendy Sims.

An active singer, clinician, adjudicator and coach, Ms. McFarland brings a passion for helping people discover beauty in themselves and the world around them through the study of music. She has presented posters and workshops at conferences of the Missouri Choral Director's Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, ACDA's Southwestern Division Conference and the National Middle School/Junior High Conference. She has conducted honor choirs in Missouri and Arkansas. Ms. McFarland serves the American Choral Directors Association as the Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Youth and Student Activities for the Southwestern Division, and previously served Missouri ACDA in this same capacity. Her research interests include school-community partnerships involving choral music, middle school/junior high singers, and choral music for women's voices. She strives to be an advocate and supporter of young choral music professionals.