- B.A., University of Wyoming
- M.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Susan H. Vollbrecht serves as Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Women’s Choir at CSB/SJU. Dr. Vollbrecht earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming, and both Master and PhD degrees in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a Hixson-Lied Fellowship.
Her research focuses on motivational theories related to musical development and beliefs regarding singing ability. She has presented research at the international, national, regional, and state levels of the India Western Music Association Conference National Association for Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, The Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium, American Choral Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Educators Association. Her most recent projects have been exploring improvisational singing techniques that may help uncertain or timid singers gain vocal confidence, as well as experiencing community in improvisational group singing.
She has studied with Bobby McFerrin’s “Circlesong” project and Rhiannon’s “ Singing in the Vocal River.” In summer 2019, Dr. Vollbrecht traveled to Otwock, Poland to direct a choir experience for high school students at the Connecting Americans and Poles Through the Arts and Language, an English Immersion camp facilitated within Art, Music, and Theater.