Lynn Drafall, professor, joined the faculty of the Penn State School of Music in 1992. Her duties are related to publicity and promotion on behalf of the school. She previously taught courses in undergraduate choral conducting and conducted the Concert Choir and Oriana Singers. An active festival conductor and adjudicator, she worked with festival choirs throughout the midwest and mid-Atlantic, and conducted all-state high school choirs in Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
Penn State choirs under Drafall's direction toured England, Germany, and Austria, and also toured nationally, presenting concerts in Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida. In addition, they 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 received the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association in 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 Journal, Bulletin 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.
Dr. Drafall retired in spring 2018.