Kendra Kay Friar is an Associate Conductor of Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon, where she directs two K-5 choirs and related programming. She also performs with the professional ensembles Portland Phoenix Chamber Choir and Choro in Schola.  Kendra has taught at every level of instruction from preschool to college and has presented at national, regional, and state-level conferences sponsored by NAfME, ACDA, and their affiliates.  She is also an active choral singer and collaborative pianist working with school ensembles, professional groups, and soloists throughout the Portland Metro area.  In 2021, Kendra received the Excellence in Elementary Music Education Award from Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA).

Kendra serves as the Academic Editor of Journal of General Music Education (JGME) as well as a member of the Equity Committee.  She previously served two terms as OMEA’s Elementary Chair and one term as a member of the editorial board of JGME.  Her published works have appeared in Music Educators Journal, Journal of General Music Education, Teaching Music Magazine, and Lorenz Publications’ Activate! Magazine.  Her choral compositions are included in the Judith Herrington Choral Series produced by Pavane Publishing.

Kendra is a University of Illinois Ed. D. student majoring in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership – Diversity and Equity Concentration.  She holds music education degrees from The University of Texas (M. M.) and The University of Illinois (B. S., Elementary-General Specialization).  Her research interests include music education history; responsive curriculum design; Scott Joplin, modernism, and ragtime music; and critical discourse analysis.

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