Dr. Wendy Freeland joined the music faculty of Jacksonville State University in 2002. As Associate Professor she teaches studio piano, class piano, music history and accompanying. Hailing from West Virginia, she completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of John Kenneth Adams. Her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance was earned at Florida Atlantic University where she studied with Heather Coltman and Judith Burganger, and was the first music student to complete both the academic and performance honors programs. She is the recipient of several performance and scholarship awards, and was named University Scholar by Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Freeland enjoys performing as soloist and collaborative artist. She has performed for both the Alabama Music Teachers State Conference and the Alabama Music Educators National Conference, as well as at universities and other venues throughout the country. She was honored to accept an invitation to present and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia in June, 2011, and has performed in Sweden, Italy, and Korea. Dr. Freeland has performed with instrumentalists, vocalists, and choral groups, and has extensive experience working in opera. She is a regular performer of faculty, guest and student recitals at Jacksonville State University.
Understanding music of the twentieth century through a cultural context has been Dr. Freeland’s research interest. Her doctoral dissertation entitled "An Examination of the Promenades for Piano by Francis Poulenc" revealed the influences that shaped this composition. Her desire for the public to understand piano music by considering aspects of art and society led to her presentations of Poulenc's Promenades for Piano and Alberto Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas for the University of South Carolina's Cultural Enrichment Day. Jacksonville State University has granted her the annual "Faculty Research Award" several times in recognition of her performances and presentations. Her broad perspective of the function of music and love for sharing it makes her an attentive and enthusiastic teacher who has worked with students in West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.
In addition to performing and teaching, Dr. Freeland is active in other musical pursuits. She actively adjudicates piano competitions and auditions, and enjoys giving master classes and presentations, such as “Technique: A Sound Approach,” to such groups as the Atlanta Music Teachers Association. Dr. Freeland organizes the annual Foothills Piano Festival on the campus of JSU, coordinates the JSU Music Department's Music Preparatory Program, and is President of the Alabama Music Teachers Association. She is a member of Phi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, The American Matthay Association, and Music Teachers National Association.