Dr. Lynn Drafall, professor, joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1992. She teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and literature and conducts the Oriana Singers. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, she has worked with festival choirs throughout the mid-West and mid-Atlantic, and has conducted all-state high school choirs in Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
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Penn State choirs under Dr. Drafall's direction have toured England, Germany, and Austria, and have also toured nationally, presenting concerts in Dallas, Texas; Boston Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida. In addition, they have performed at conferences of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. She 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. In addition, she was selected to become a member of the International Women's Leadership Association in 2013.
Dr. Drafall is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education, and is also a member of Pi Kappa Lamda and Phi Delta Kappa. She is a past president of the American Choral Directors Association's Eastern Division, as well as the Pennsylvania state chapter. She has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and PMEA News.
A native of Illinois, she 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.