Biography

Susan H. Cogdill serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of the Women's Choir at the College of St. Benedict and Saint John University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming, Master of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and recently graduated in May with her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a Hixson-Lied Fellowship.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Cogdill served on the faculty at Doane College as the Women's Chorale conductor and co-directed the Collegiate Chorale. Dr. Cogdill has 12 years experience teaching music in public schools, the last seven of which were spent in Laramie, Wyoming where she also conducted the University of Wyoming Civic Chorale from 2007-09. She has both directed musicals and performed such roles as Mrs. Peachum in the University of Wyoming's production of The Beggar's Opera and "Pitti-Sing" in Casper College's production of The Mikado.

A frequent clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Cogdill is an active member of the National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Directors Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. Her music research has focused on motivational theories related to musical development and beliefs regarding singing ability. She has presented research at the state, national, and international levels of the National Association for Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, and The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium.