The College of Arts and Architecture

Lynn Drafall

Lynn Drafall
Choirs, Conducting
Assistant Director for Outreach and Marketing

Lynn Drafall, professor, joined the faculty of the Penn State School of Music in 1992. She teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting and conducts the Oriana Singers. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, she has worked with festival choirs throughout the midwest and mid-Atlantic, and has conducted all-state high school choirs in Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

Penn State choirs under Drafall's direction have toured England, Germany, and Austria, and have also toured nationally, presenting concerts in Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida. In addition, they have performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Drafall was the recipient of the University's prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and received the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's Citation of Excellence in 2011. She was selected to become a member of the International Women's Leadership Association in spring 2013, and received the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association in fall 2013.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, Drafall is also a  member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Delta Kappa. She is a past president of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as a past president of the Pennsylvania state chapter. She has published articles in the Music Educators JournalBulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and PMEA News.

A native of Illinois, Drafall received her degrees in music education and choral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She previously served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University of Mississippi and, prior to her career in higher education, she taught for eleven years in the public schools of Illinois. Her husband, Robert, conducts choirs at State College Area High School and serves as the music coordinator for the State College Area school district.