Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Hearn is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Mississippi, where she conducts the Women’s Glee ensemble and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education and conducting. In addition to her responsibilities at Ole Miss, Dr. Hearn also serves as the conductor of CoroArroyo; a treble choir comprised of young singers that is one of six ensembles in the CoroRio choral organization.
Prior to joining the faculty at Ole Miss, Dr. Hearn received a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Alabama where she served as assistant conductor of the UA Women’s Chorus. She also taught classes in music education, choral methods, and she facilitated the Chamber Choir. Her collaborative work with Dr. Marvin Latimer included the “National Conferences” chapter in Excellence in Choral Music: A History of the American Choral Directors Association, published by Hinshaw Music Inc., and released at the 60th anniversary ACDA national conference in Kansas City.
Dr. Hearn previously held the position of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Marian University in Indianapolis where she taught music education courses and was the conductor and founder of Knight Fusion Singers and the University Chorus. Her experience in secondary education began in Hueytown, Alabama where she served as the choral music director at Hueytown High School from 2003-2010.
Dr. Hearn is an active conductor, presenter, clinician, and adjudicator. She has presented her research at national, regional, and state conferences and recently conducted the UA Women’s Chorus at the Alabama Music Educators Association conference. Her research interests include assessment in the music classroom, singing accuracy, ensemble identity, ACDA history, and job mobility in music education. Her most notable accomplishment is being Mom to Catherine (9) and Andrew (5).