Rhonda Fuelberth

Associate Professor of Music Education, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Area of Focus: Music Education

Rhonda J. Fuelberth is Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Korff School of Music. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Wayne State College in Nebraska, her master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Missouri -Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, where she received a Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Fellowship and a Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship.

Dr. Fuelberth taught choral and general music in the Omaha, NE area and has worked with singers of all ages from children through adults. Currently, at UNL, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and inclusive music education. In recognition of her contributions to the university, Dr. Fuelberth received the Hixson-Lied Faculty Award for Curriculum Development for 2024, the Hixson-Lied Faculty Award for Outstanding Outreach, Engagement, or Service for 2105 and 2018, the Hixson-Lied College Achievement in Academic Advising Award for 2011 and 2021, the Hixson-Lied College Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010, and is a two time recipient of both the UNL Parents Association and UNL Teaching Council-sponsored Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students and the Mortar Board People Who Inspire Award. In addition to teaching courses in music education and inclusive music education, she is the artistic and program director for i2Choir—Inclusive, Intergenerational, Exponentially Better Together. The i2Choir is an effort to open choral singing opportunities to individuals who have a variety of physical, sensory, andcognitive challenges, as well as those who support them through their friendship and musicianship. For seventeen years, she was the conductor of the UNL University Choir, UNL’s campus soprano/alto choir. Under her direction, the University Chorale appeared at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. She frequently serves as a clinician and guest conductor with recent engagements including the Wisconsin Honors Project Treble Choir, the Wisconsin All-State Women's Choir, the Minnesota All-State Women's Choir, and the Omaha Public Schools High School All-City Music Festival Chorus. 

An active member of the National Association for Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association, Dr. Fuelberth previously served as President of the North Central region of the American Choral Directors Association, Repertoire and Resource Chair for Women's Choirs for the same, and as President for the Nebraska Choral Directors Association.  Her music research has focused on singer response to conducting gesture, teacher training, and Universal Design for Learning as a model framework for inclusive music education. She has presented and published research at the state, regional, national, and international levels of the National Association for Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. Her publications appear in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, the Music Educators Journal, and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education.