Major: Organ Performance
Minor: Church Music

What is your dream job after college and how do you want to make an impact?

I plan to go to grad school to further hone my playing skills, so my first big job won’t be for a while yet. My dream job after grad school would be working as a music director at a large cathedral somewhere and playing a huge organ. For my first year and a half here, I was a vocal music education major and vocal music is still a passion of mine as well. It would be great to play organ and lead music at whichever church I am employed at. I would also love to be a high school choir accompanist. Encouraging younger students to pursue interests in music is something I hope to do through these jobs, and working in a church to help elevate the liturgies and that sort of thing.

What year are you at Concordia?

I am a junior and will be graduating in spring 2023.

What are you involved in on campus? What kind of work do you want to be known for?

I am involved in multiple music ensembles on campus, including The Concordia Choir and a few different chamber vocal ensembles. Music performance can be intimidating, especially in front of peers. I know I get nervous when it comes to singing or playing in front of other people. I think most of all I hope to be known for being encouraging and kind toward others.

What is your favorite Cobber tradition and why? What stories do you have to share about that tradition?

As a music major, my favorite Cobber tradition is definitely the Christmas concert. It's such a cool experience getting to sing with more than 400 performers from various choir, orchestra, and handbell ensembles.That, coupled with the huge mural behind the choirs and the lighting effects used, truly makes for a spectacular experience. As our music history professor, Dr. Meyer, would say, it’s a perfect instance of “music and spectacle.”

Tell us your favorite stop on tour and why it’s your favorite. Why do you connect with the space?

My favorite stop on tours is a toss-up between Hoyum Hall and Hvidsten Hall of Music. I’m able to share my experience living in Hoyum as a resident and a Resident Assistant (RA) and share the memories I’ve made there. Hvidsten is sort of my second home on campus. I’ve met a lot of my good friends through music here and I’ve made a lot of good memories in Hvidsten.

Words of wisdom for prospective students?

Get involved on campus. There are so many people that you will have things in common with and you’ll make a lot of great friends along the way.

Why did you choose Concordia? Was there a defining moment in your college search process?

A deciding factor for me in choosing Concordia was Dr. Michael Culloton, our director of choral activities. I met with him when I toured here, and his enthusiasm and excitement for bringing in new students felt really special. The choral program was the main draw for me, but after meeting with Dr. Culloton in person I knew that this was where I wanted to go.

What does it mean to be a Cobber in one word?

As Bill and Ted would say, “Excellent!”

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