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Jo Renee McCachren

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McCachren teaches music theory, music history, aural skills, and other classes, and directs the Performance Concentration. An active pianist, she regularly offers master classes for piano students and judges piano competitions. She currently holds the Katherine W. Osborne Endowed Chair for Keyboard with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Her research interests range from the sixteenth-century madrigal to the music of Beethoven, and she has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. She also participated in music and fine arts delegations to Indonesia, Eastern Europe, and Russia, and she authored several articles for the Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism and for the Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era.

Through several study grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she completed further study at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Arizona State University. Her national professional affiliations include Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, and College Music Society. She served on the Advisory Board for Music in General Studies for the College Music Society. She also served on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and is a Past President of Music Theory SouthEast.