Vicki J. Schaeffer, a native of Salem, Ohio, is Asst. Professor in the Honors College and the College of Liberal Studies, as well as Director of Recruitment for the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. She received a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, studying with Marilyn Keiser and Larry Smith, with a double major in organ performance and church music. Her dissertation and current research are in the field of Shaker hymnody. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College. Dr. Schaeffer is the current Dean of the Southern Plains Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Although a church organist since the age of 15, currently serving at First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, the majority of Dr. Schaeffer’s career has been in the field of education, having held teaching positions in Ohio, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. Her experience includes public and private schools, as well as university experience, serving as an adjunct faculty member at the Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii. While at Casady School in Oklahoma City, an Episcopal college prep school, she served as Upper Division Vocal Director (directing three choirs), chapel organist (playing 17 chapel services/week), Associate Director of College Counseling, assistant softball coach and taught AP music theory. Her choirs consistently won awards in district and state competitions, placed All-State choir members, and were chosen to sing at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2007. In 2002 she was awarded the school’s Mike Monroney Teaching Fellowship Award for excellence in classroom teaching and outstanding character.