Dr. Darla Eshelman is Associate Professor of Music Education and Program Coordinator for the Vocal Music Education degree at UCO. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, supervises student teachers and conducts “Cantilena,” the university women’s chorus. In addition, she is the founder and director for the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma, a community based weekly choral program for students in grades 5-9. In addition to community, state, regional and national performing, these young choirs also provide weekly lab experience for UCO vocal music education majors.
Dr. Eshelman is an active choral music composer with a variety of works published through Colla Voce, Hal Leonard, Alliance, and Hinshaw. She has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, Choral Journal, Kodaly Envoy and the International Kodaly Society Bulletin and is a contributing author for MENC’s Teaching Strategies series, along with Hal Leonard’s Music Express. She is active as a guest clinician and conductor for elementary and middle school choirs and has presented workshop sessions for conventions of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association and Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. In addition, her choral groups have been invited to perform for the national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Southwestern ACDA regional convention, and the Oklahoma Music Educator’s state convention.
Dr. Eshelman is a member of and has served on the boards of MENC/OMEA, ACDA/OCDA, and OAKE/OKE. She currently holds the office of President for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Eshelman received her undergraduate degree in vocal music education at Grand Canyon University, Master’s degree in General and Choral Music Education from Arizona State University, and the Ph.D. in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. Previous teaching positions include serving as Music Education Coordinator and Women’s Choir Conductor at Oklahoma Baptist University, Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Oklahoma, and K-8 music and choral specialist for the Peoria Public School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently resides in Edmond with her husband Corky and their son Connor.