Susan Conkling

Community Choir Chair


Susan Wharton Conkling, Ph.D. is Professor of Music, Music Education at Boston University where she teaches undergraduate courses in conducting, choral methods, and curriculum, and she advises doctoral research. As a teacher and scholar, Conkling has led efforts to develop a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the field of music, beginning with her recognition as a Carnegie Foundation Fellow in 1999. She is also well known for the creation and implementation of professional development partnerships between public schools and collegiate schools of music. Her book, Envisioning Music Teacher Education was published in 2015. During the 2016-17 academic year, Conkling spent her sabbatical with the Boston Children’s Chorus, where she conducted program evaluation research, particularly focusing on parents and caregivers and also alumni.

As a conductor, Conkling has been praised for sensitive and expressive performances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the 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.

Conkling has served the profession as a board member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, and the Society for Music Teacher Education. She has served on the editorial boards of Advances in Music Education Research and the International Journal of Community Music. She held previous appointments at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), University of North Texas, and Brigham Young University.