We are saddened to report that former Music Education Division Head Liz Wing passed away yesterday afternoon after a long struggle with lung cancer. Dr. Wing was surrounded by her family in Minnesota at the time of her passing.

“Those of us who worked with Liz will remember her mordant wit, her love of pink flamingos and her steadfast dedication to her students and to her profession,” remarks Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies Terrell Finney.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

An alumna of CCM, Lizabeth Wing (MM 1971) joined CCM’s faculty as head of the Division of Music Education in 1986. Her previous faculty positions included the University of Oregon and the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College. Dr. Wing retired in spring of 2011.

A member of the National Board of Editors for The Quarterly from 1990-97, Dr. Wing was also on the Council Advisory Committee for the Council for Research in Music Education from 1988-98. She was an editorial board member for Contributions and the Southeastern Journal of Music Education. As an author, she wrote a chapter for the Handbook for Research in Music Teaching and Learning (1992), was section editor for the next edition of the Handbook and co-wrote Structural Knowledge for Music Teaching (2004) with Richard Colwell. She held the state and regional division research offices with the Music Educators National Conference, and had been a clinician at state and national conventions.


  1. I’m so sorry to here about Liz as we grew up As neighbors in Breckenridge. We were good friends and had some good times together. I’m so sad to here this. my mom Louise Knudson saw it in the Fergus falls paper. I live in CA. GAYLELACEY

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