Please see the bios of our chair candidates below:
Patrick K. Freer
Professor of Music
Georgia State University
Patrick K. Freer is Professor of Music at Georgia State University where he directs the PhD, EdD, and MM programs in music education and conducts the Tenor- Bass Choir. He is former Visiting Professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria) and will be in a similar position at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) for the Fall 2022 semester. His degrees are from Westminster Choir College and Teachers College-Columbia University. Dr. Freer has conducted or presented in 40 states and 29 countries, including recent guest conducting for multiple All-State and Division/Region ACDA Honor Choirs and more than 75 professional and/or honor choirs in the USA and abroad. Dr. Freer is Editor of the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, past editor of Music Educators Journal and member of the ACDA National Standing Committee for Research & Publications. He chaired the philosophy sub-group within the task force responding to COVID-19 concerns for the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Dr. Freer has served multiple terms as Chair of NAfME’s Gender and Sexuality SRIG. He chaired and hosted ACDA’s International Symposium for Research in Choral Singing in 2018, 2020, and 2022. Dr. Freer has extensive service experience at the highest levels of faculty governance at Georgia State University, including election to the five-member University Senate Executive Committee, the Administrative Council to the President, and multiple elections as chair of the Senate Committees related to admissions & standards, and statutes & bylaws.
Dr. Freer has authored numerous articles and given many presentations centered on music education history, including for History SRIG sessions and symposia. His editorial work for Music Educators Journal was grounded in historical inquiry of the publication, with related research appearing in each issue of MEJ’s 100th volume year. He teaches two graduate courses on the history of American music education; one is required of all PhD students in the music education program. Students in these courses study methods of historical research through extensive review of JHRME content. They regularly produce research posters, give presentations, and publish articles drawn from topics encountered in the classes. Dr. Freer credits his interest in music education history to Sally Monsour, his predecessor at GSU, who entrusted him with a complete set of the MSNC/MENC Proceedings (yearbooks) when he became department chair. The rest is, well, history.
Dr. Carol Shansky
Assistant Professor of Music
New Jersey City University
Dr. Carol Shansky is the Coordinator of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music at New Jersey City University where she teaches undergraduate methods, graduate music education courses, music history surveys, and applied flute. A music educator with experience both in and out of K-12 school environments, her career path has touched on a variety of areas in music, culminating in an innovative and modern approach to teaching and performance. In addition to music education, Dr. Shansky is an accomplished music education historian and performer.
Dr. Shansky’s research in music education involves the study of participation in music education activities outside of school, particularly as they situate in music education history. She has published papers on town bands, community orchestras and the activities of children making music as recreation activity. In addition, she has explored the sociology of music education researching the spiritual connections and motivations in singing in a choir at a house of worship as well as the impact of COVID on amateur adult choir participation. Her publications have appeared in Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Journal of Musicological Research, RIME (online) and the NACWPI Journal. She has been solicited for reviews in Notes, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and the IAWM Journal. Her scholarly book, The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Band of New York City: Community Culture and Opportunity, is published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing and her textbook, Musical Tapestries: A Thematic Approach to Music Appreciation, is published by Kendall-Hunt.
Dr. Shansky received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education and Master of Music in Woodwind Performance from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College.