Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Seachrist is Interim Associate Provost and Director of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University where she holds the rank of Associate Professor. Seachrist has served as interim dean for Academic and Student Services, Regional Campuses and as interim assistant dean of the Trumbull Campus. Seachristâ€™s work as a faculty member and administrator has been recognized. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Administrator Service Award. In 2001 and again in 2003, she received the Trumbull Campus Deanâ€™s Award for Leadership and Service. In 1999, she received the Trumbull Campus Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service Award and was selected as one of four delegates to represent Kent State University in a 17-day educational exchange to China. She served on the Warren Philharmonic Orchestraâ€™s Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2005, is a past-chair of the University Teaching Council and was a member of the 2004-2005 Universityâ€™s Leadership Academy.
Seachrist received her Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Kent State University, and a Master of Music in vocal performance from Youngstown State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Heidelberg College. Considered a specialist in the music of both historical and living German religious communities in Pennsylvania, Seachrist serves on the board of the Communal Studies Association. She is a member of the editorial board for Pennsylvania-German History and Culture book series published by Penn State Press. She is the past series editor of the WorldMusics series published by Kent State University Press, which is part of a joint effort by Kent State University Press, Indiana University Press and Temple University Press.
She has authored 25 refereed journal articles, two book chapters and entries in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine EnzyklopÃ¤die der Musik, second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, â€œthe United States and Canada.â€ Seachrist is the author of Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister (2010) and The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh (2003) both published by The Kent State University Press.