Elizabeth Hogan McFarland has over 10 years of teaching experience in K-12 and higher education throughout Missouri. In August 2017 she will begin a new role as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Southeast Missouri State University. In this capacity, she guides vocal and instrumental music education majors from their first semester to their emergence as professionals in their student teaching practicum and beyond.
Dr. McFarland was previously a vocal music teacher at Parkway North High School in suburban St. Louis, and taught courses in choir, general music, and education and supervised student teachers at the University of Missouri (Columbia), the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Webster University. She directed ensembles and served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for The St. Louis Children's Choirs, a role that allowed her the opportunity to design and provide oversight for a new program called Music Made Together, which seeks to connect students and teachers in underserved areas of St. Louis with resources in choral music. Her community engagement efforts successfully increased diversity within the children's choirs, and supported music teachers throughout the St. Louis region.
Dr. McFarland earned her PhD in Learning Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Missouri, 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 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, Dr. 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 served as a clinician in Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Kansas, West Virginia and Arkansas. Dr. 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. Dr. McFarland will sing in the inaugural concerts and recordings of mirabai in 2017. A twenty-eight voice semi-professional women’s ensemble, mirabai is a resident ensemble in the College of Music at Michigan State University. Her research interests include school-community partnerships, middle school/junior high music, and choral music for women's voices. She is an advocate for and supporter of young music education professionals.