Hillary Ridgley

Setnor School of Music

Visiting Assistant Professor, Music Education

Hillary Ridgley portrait.

301 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010


Hillary Ridgley is a visiting assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music with a dual appointment in Syracuse University’s School of Education. She is the conductor of the Syracuse University Women’s Choir and teaches courses in choral methods and conducting.

Ridgley is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Her research interests include choral text, the poetry of Sara Teasdale in choral music, music literacy, and community service partnerships and field experience for music therapy and choral music education students. She co-directed the MTC Women’s Prison Glee Club for three years.

Ridgley holds a Ph.D. in choral conducting/music education from the Florida State University. Previously, she taught 12 years in the public school systems of Florida and South Carolina. Choirs under Ridgley’s direction have performed at the National Kodaly Convention, Florida Music Educators Association Conference, Florida ACDA Conference, and Southern Division Conference of ACDA. Ridgley received a B.M.E. from Stetson University and M.M.E. from the University of South Carolina.


  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • M.M.E., University of South Carolina
  • B.M.E., Stetson University