Vicki J. Schaeffer, a native of Salem, Ohio, received a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, 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. Her teachers have included Marilyn Keiser, Larry Smith, John Herr, Arthur Lindstrom, and Marshall Bailey.
A church musician since the age of 15, Dr. Schaeffer has served as organist and choir director in various churches in Ohio, Indiana, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. For a time she was the music consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, traveling throughout the state giving church music workshops and consulting with parish music directors. She also has given a series of church music workshops for Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, she is organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Dr. Schaeffer has performed recitals, lecture/recitals, and workshops in Ohio, Indiana, New York, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. She also performed a series of recitals in New Zealand and Australia.
The majority of Dr. Schaeffer’s career has been spent in the field of education, having held teaching positions in Ohio, Indiana, Hawaii, and Oklahoma. Her experience includes public and private schools, as well as university level teaching. She has served as a faculty member at Chaminade University in Honolulu where she taught organ, music appreciation, world music, and directed the university choir. She also has served as a staff accompanist at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and Oklahoma City University. In addition, she was accompanist for the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, a semi-professional choral group based in Honolulu. At the present time, she is accompanist for the Canterbury Academy of Vocal Arts Chamber Singers in Oklahoma City.
Currently she is on the faculty at Casady School in Oklahoma City, an Episcopal college preparatory school serving grades pre-K – 12. She serves as Upper Division Choir Director (directing three choirs), teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory, serves as Chapel Organist, (playing daily chapels for all divisions and special services), and was recently named Associate Director of College Counseling. Her choirs have consistently won awards in district and state competitions and have had All-State choir members every year since she took over the program. In addition, in 2002, she was awarded the Mike Monroney Teaching Fellowship Award for excellence in classroom teaching and outstanding character.