Susan Wharton Conkling


Professor of Music, Music Education


BM, Illinois Wesleyan University; MM, PhD, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 213A


As a conductor, Dr. Conkling has been praised for sensitive and expressive performances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and MENC: National Association for Music Education. She is known as an advocate for Women’s Choirs and contemporary women composers, and she has conducted honor choir performances throughout the United States. As a teacher and scholar, Conkling has led efforts to develop a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the field of music, beginning with a Carnegie Fellowship in 1999. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, methods, and curriculum, and she has designed and implemented courses to prepare DMA candidates for their roles in higher education. She is also well known for her efforts to create professional development partnerships between public schools and collegiate schools of music. Conkling has served the profession as a board member of the American Choral Directors Association, the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician, and the Society for Music Teacher Education. She currently serves the College Music Society as its Music Education board member, and also serves on the editorial board of Advances in Music Education Research. Her publications can be found in journals such as Advances in Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and College Music Symposium. Prior university appointments include Ithaca College, Brigham Young University, University of North Texas, and Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.