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Paula Zerkle

Dr. Zerkle conducting

Paula RING Zerkle

Professor of Music (1994) 


  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley
  • M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • D.M., Indiana University


Phone: 610-861-1681 
Office: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 308

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Choral music, conducting, women composers, musicianship, choral arranging, Dalcroze Eurhythmics


Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle is a Professor of Music and the Director of Vocal Music at Moravian University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She conducts Moravian University Choir, Moravian Chorale, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, and Vocalis, a small a cappella choral ensemble. She teaches conducting and musicianship and on and off for 15 years has been the faculty advisor to Delta Omicron, an international music honors fraternity. Zerkle is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B. A. in Music and French. She received two M. M. degrees in choral and orchestral conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has a doctorate in choral music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Zerkle is an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for choral festivals, competitions, and workshops in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, International Federation for Choral Music, and the Music Educators’ National Conference, and has been nominated for two awards by the Conductors’ Guild. Zerkle was a member of the board of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for two years, where she organized the annual World Music Honor Choir. Before coming to Moravian, she taught and conducted at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho and Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.