Austin Gerth ’16, Princeton, Minn., seized the opportunity to combine two of his passions, music and writing, as a college contributor for Minnesota Public Radio.
Gerth applied to write for The Current, an MPR-owned radio station that plays local and independent music, in fall 2013, just after beginning as a writer for Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian. Soon after being hired as a student voice for The Current, his editor, Jay Gabler, asked him to also write for Classical MPR because of his music background (Gerth came to Concordia on a music scholarship for euphonium).
So far, Gerth’s work for MPR has included interviewing visiting musicians, reviewing Beethoven Fest’s Beerthoven & Brats event, reflecting on the magic and darkness of classical lullabies, and even scouting out the best spots to watch fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Now a senior, Gerth continues to write for MPR, is a lead blogger for Concordia’s student-led COBBlog, and is the opinion editor and a contributor for The Concordian – all in addition to his work as a residence hall advisor.
The English writing and philosophy major was initially interested in writing fiction but says, through these experiences, “I have gained a greater respect for journalism and became a better writer. “
Currently, Gerth is working on a book proposal for Bloomsbury’s open call for the publishing company’s 33⅓ series (monograph-style books about popular music albums), which is only open to individuals 22 years or younger.