Ms. McFarland grew up outside of Memphis, Tennessee and has also lived in Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas. She began studying music at a very early age, since both of her parents are career musicians.
Ms. McFarland holds a Bachelor of Music degree in K-12 Choral Music Education with honors in Vocal Performance from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Samford she had the honor of serving as the first female undergraduate student conductor of the top vocal ensemble there, a position which she held for two years. She also holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC in Kansas City.
Ms. McFarland is a member of both the American Choral Directors Association and NAfME The National Association for Music Education at both the state and national levels. She enjoys music of all styles, singing classical choral music with Te Deum (a professional vocal ensemble in the metro area) as well as playing rock/pop music. Ms. McFarland sings and plays the piano (and sometimes guitar) at her church. In her free time, she likes running, hiking, reading, shopping, spending time with her family, writing music, and going to live shows of her favorite band - Needtobreathe!
2015-2016 marks Ms. McFarland's ninth year directing the choral department at Prairie Star. In addition to teaching choir, Ms. McFarland directs the Winter Musical. She enjoys helping her students discover their talents and build lifelong skills through participating in choir.