Michelle Herring earned her Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Previous degrees include a bachelor’s degree in Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Prior to graduate work, Dr. Herring taught middle school choir for eight years in Austin, Texas, where she was recognized as “Teacher of the Year.” While teaching in the public schools, Dr. Herring was instrumental in transforming her campus into a Fine Arts Academy, preventing the school from possible closure. Her choirs received consistent superior ratings in festivals and contests during her tenure as well as many opportunities to perform with community choruses and religious organizations.
Dr. Herring continues to be an active member in the choral music community as a clinician and performer having performed in choral organizations such as Conspriare (Austin, Texas) and the Dallas Symphony Chorus (Dallas, Texas). She currently performs with the Columbus State Choral Union, under the direction of Constantina Tsolainou, and the St. Thomas Episcopal Choir, under the direction of Rick McKnight.
Dr. Herring has presented research in a variety of state and national venues, including Texas Music Educators Association conference, the Florida Music Educators Association conference, the National Association for Music Education conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education conference, and the Race, Ethnicity, and Place conference. Additionally, she has published research articles in state, national, and international music journals.
Dr. Herring is the assistant professor of choral/general music education at Columbus State University. She teaches courses in Elementary Music Education Methods, Basic Conducting, Vocal Technique, and Introduction to Music Education.