Music Education

Education

  • B.M., Susquehanna University
  • M.M. , Temple University
  • D.M.A., Temple University

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Director of Susquehanna University Chorale

Contact Information

Choral music has always been a significant part of my life. My grandmother was our Lutheran church’s organist, and my parents sang in our church choirs and in local semi-professional community ensembles. I sang my very first solo in a church pageant when I was 5 years old! However, I didn’t fully realize my true calling until I was selected for my first District Chorus festival in high school. I was completely awestruck by the talent, musicianship, passion, and personal charisma of that first guest conductor under whom I sang, and by many others thereafter. I was also amazed by the talent and spirit of so many of my peers! Along the way, I also gained a passion for performing in musical theater productions but was eventually drawn more to the collaborative nature of musical direction than performance.

I find great joy in drawing out the musical talent and other elements of personal self-discovery from my students’ as they become part of a musical community! Having the opportunity to “come home” to SU is truly a blessing for me and, in a manner of speaking, a career dream come to fulfillment. I only hope that I can offer similar musical and spiritual inspiration to the students I serve.

Dr. Alan W. Mudrick recently retired from the roles of Supervisor of Music Education for the Hempfield School District and Director of Choral Music at Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA. Originally from Allentown, PA, Dr. Mudrick earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal/Choral Music Education from Susquehanna University in 1980, completed his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University in 1983, and achieved his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education in 1997, also from Temple University. The primary focus of his qualitative research concentrated on students’ motivation for participating in choral music ensembles. He has accomplished additional graduate study in conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ and at the Aspen Music Festival Choral Institute in Colorado and earned his Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification in Curriculum and Instruction from Widener University.

 

Prior to his appointment at Hempfield, Dr. Mudrick was Chairman of the Music Department and Choral Director at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, Associate Director of The Music Group of Philadelphia, Associate Choir Master at The Church of Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, and Music Director of the Pro-Arte Chorale in Malvern, PA. Dr. Mudrick concluded his 39-year teaching career at Hempfield High School, where he conducted four choirs, taught music electives including AP Music Theory, and managed the budget, curriculum, and instruction for the 19-member music department. He also served as Music Director for Hempfield’s renowned Broadway-style musical productions during his entire tenure. As a music director and guest artist, Dr. Mudrick has conducted well over 40 musical theater and opera productions. He has served as a guest conductor for several high school and middle school choral festivals and has been an active clinician on vocal and choral techniques for church choirs in South Central Pennsylvania.

About Me

Choral music has always been a significant part of my life. My grandmother was our Lutheran church’s organist, and my parents sang in our church choirs and in local semi-professional community ensembles. I sang my very first solo in a church pageant when I was 5 years old! However, I didn’t fully realize my true calling until I was selected for my first District Chorus festival in high school. I was completely awestruck by the talent, musicianship, passion, and personal charisma of that first guest conductor under whom I sang, and by many others thereafter. I was also amazed by the talent and spirit of so many of my peers! Along the way, I also gained a passion for performing in musical theater productions but was eventually drawn more to the collaborative nature of musical direction than performance.

I find great joy in drawing out the musical talent and other elements of personal self-discovery from my students’ as they become part of a musical community! Having the opportunity to “come home” to SU is truly a blessing for me and, in a manner of speaking, a career dream come to fulfillment. I only hope that I can offer similar musical and spiritual inspiration to the students I serve.

Professional Experience

Dr. Alan W. Mudrick recently retired from the roles of Supervisor of Music Education for the Hempfield School District and Director of Choral Music at Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA. Originally from Allentown, PA, Dr. Mudrick earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal/Choral Music Education from Susquehanna University in 1980, completed his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University in 1983, and achieved his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education in 1997, also from Temple University. The primary focus of his qualitative research concentrated on students’ motivation for participating in choral music ensembles. He has accomplished additional graduate study in conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ and at the Aspen Music Festival Choral Institute in Colorado and earned his Pennsylvania Supervisory Certification in Curriculum and Instruction from Widener University.

 

Prior to his appointment at Hempfield, Dr. Mudrick was Chairman of the Music Department and Choral Director at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, Associate Director of The Music Group of Philadelphia, Associate Choir Master at The Church of Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, and Music Director of the Pro-Arte Chorale in Malvern, PA. Dr. Mudrick concluded his 39-year teaching career at Hempfield High School, where he conducted four choirs, taught music electives including AP Music Theory, and managed the budget, curriculum, and instruction for the 19-member music department. He also served as Music Director for Hempfield’s renowned Broadway-style musical productions during his entire tenure. As a music director and guest artist, Dr. Mudrick has conducted well over 40 musical theater and opera productions. He has served as a guest conductor for several high school and middle school choral festivals and has been an active clinician on vocal and choral techniques for church choirs in South Central Pennsylvania.