Kathleen Hacker


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2020; term ends November 2023

Kathleen Hacker is Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Indianapolis, where she teaches vocal courses and applied lessons, leads professional development classes, and directs the Opera Theatre. She held the position of Music Department Chair, a rotating position, for eight years. On her home campus she has served as Chair of the campus-wide Promotion and Tenure Committee and on many university task forces as a preferred voice for the arts, including most recently the Academic Master Planning Committee, the Shaheen College Strategic Planning Task Force, and the University Space Task Force.

As a singer, she has given over 500 concerts throughout the world, sharing music from the orchestral, oratorio and chamber music repertoire. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Professor Hacker is a long-standing supporter of the Schmidt Vocal Competition and the Michael Feinstein American Songbook Academy and Competition, and serves both organizations as a mentor, teacher, and judge.

Professor Hacker is a member of the NASM Board of Directors as Chair of Region 5, and has served previously as Vice Chair and Secretary of Region 5.

Professor Hacker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University as a student of Virginia Zeani, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership and Design from the University of Indianapolis, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Jan DeGaetani, and Performers Certificates in both Opera and Voice Performance.

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Updated December 2020