Elisabeth Cherland


Visiting Assistant Professor in Music

Elisabeth Cherland is a fourth-generation choral conductor as well as singer, song leader, violinist, music educator, and Lutheran church musician. She lives out these callings as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. In addition to teaching choral methods, conducting, and music theory, she conducts the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Lucia Singers.

Elisabeth earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, a Master of Music Education with Certification degree from VanderCook College of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. A passionate and dedicated teacher, she taught choir and band at the middle and high school levels in South Dakota for 7 years, as well as private violin, voice, and piano lessons. She served as soprano section leader for both the Concordia Choir where she studied with René Clausen, and the Rockefeller Chapel Choir in Chicago under the direction of Randi Ellefson and James Kallembach. While in Seattle she was a frequent soprano and violin soloist. Elisabeth’s research interests include women in academia, narrative research, choral settings of Emily Dickinson poetry, and song leading. Prior to her studies in Seattle, Elisabeth and her family spent two years at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center near Chelan, Washington where she was the Village Musician.

She lives with her partner Kent and their two sons, Elijah and Leif, in St. Peter. She loves doughnuts, bubble tea, laughing, knitting, running (when the temperature is perfect and the course is flat), and sunshine when it’s available.


DMA in Choral Conducting, University of Washington, MMEd, VanderCook College of Music, BA, Concordia College

Courses Taught

MUS-103 (Aural and Keyboard Skills I), MUS-111 (Music Theory I), MUS-151 (Lucia Singers), MUS-152 (Social Justice Choir), MUS-155 (Choir of Christ Chapel), and MUS-380 (Basic Conducting)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-151 Lucia Singers 8 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-155 Choir of Christ Chapel 8 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, and 2019/FA
MUS-152 Social Justice Choir 4 2021/SP and 2020/FA
MUS-378 Choral Music Methods 2 2021/SP and 2020/SP
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-111 Music Theory I 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
MUS-101 Music Appreciation 1 2020/SP
MUS-380 Basic Conducting 1 2019/FA