Professor of Music
Department Chair, teaches music theory, music history, and piano. She received the Ph.D. in Music Theory and M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas, and the B.M., magna cum lauda, in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Through several study grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has completed further study at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Arizona State University.
Her national professional affiliations include Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, and College Music Society. She served on the Advisory Board for Music in General Studies for the College Music Society. She is currently on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy and is Past President of Music Theory SouthEast She authored several articles for the Reader’s Guide to Music: History, Theory, Criticism and for the Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era.
McCachren's research interests range from the sixteenth-century madrigal to the music of Beethoven, and she has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences. She also has participated in music and fine arts delegations to Indonesia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. An active pianist, she regularly offers master classes for piano students and judges piano competitions. She currently holds the Katherine W. Osborne Endowed Chair for Keyboard for the Salisbury Symphony.