Assistant Professor - Choral Education
Faculty Annex (North) 735
Cherilyn Worthen is the professor of Choral Music Education at Utah Valley University where she directs the Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, and serves as faculty advisor of the newly created UVU Children’s Choir. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she received a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University. Her doctoral studies at the University of Utah are in Music Education.
In 2006, she was appointed as the director of the Choir School for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, designing and supervising the training programs for newly admitted singers and current choir members. Most recently, she joined the artistic staff of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras where she conducts choirs of all ages in California, Arizona, Texas, and Utah.
For fifteen years, Ms. Worthen directed choral music programs at both Jordan High School and the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. She has served in administrative capacities as both a Student Dean and Music Department Chair. She has conducted the BYU Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir, the Legacy Chorale, and the Deseret Chamber Singers. As a singer, she has performed with Canti con brio, BYU Singers, the Deseret Chamber Singers, the Temple Square Chorale, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
She is an active member of ACDA, MENC, NCCO, Chorus America, and serves on the choral committee for the Utah Music Educator’s Association as a higher education liason. She is presently the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs for ACDA Utah. Her research interests include choral music curriculum, resources, and educational programs for adult volunteer singers.