Emily Mercado is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Utah. She recently completed her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. Before attending LSU, she taught choir for nine years at Crescent Valley High School and Cheldelin Middle School in Corvallis, OR. Mercado also held the post of Associate Conductor of the Corvallis Repertory Singers. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching (2006) and Bachelor of Arts (2005) from Oregon State University.

Mercado has presented at state, regional, and national conferences including the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium and NAfME’s Research and Teacher Education National Conference. Primary research interests include the use of religious music in the public schools, multicultural music education, and popular music education. Mercado served on the Oregon Music Education Association and Oregon American Choral Directors Association for eight years. While in Baton Rouge, Mercado also enjoyed serving as an honor choir conductor and performed regularly with Red Shift Choir.