Within weeks after graduating, alumnus Ryan Fellman was sharing his love of music with students.
Ryan Fellman graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education. He is now the director of choirs at Oñate High School in Las Cruces, N.M. – a position he accepted within weeks of graduating. He is originally from Brainerd, Minn.
Why did you decide to pursue music?
I wanted to inspire young people to love music and make it a lifelong experience much like how I was inspired in high school.
How was your experience at Concordia?
Phenomenal. I could not have asked for a more rich and personalized experience.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? If so, which ones and how did they impact your career development?
Many musical ones of course, but I also enjoyed feeding the animals in Jones, dancing at the Homecoming halftime show, and preparing choirs for chapel services.
How did you find your current job?
On Facebook. The choral director at Ithaca College in New York had posted it.
Tell me about your job. What's a normal day?
Every day I teach Class Piano, a beginning women's choir, co-teach a musical (this year it's “Legally Blonde”), and direct a mixed upper level concert choir. In the afternoons (during my prep) I often travel to middle schools to help teach.
How did your experience at Concordia prepare you for teaching?
Concordia empowered me to take initiative in my own education and do things that were considered "outside the box." My student teaching experience was at Rosemount (Minn.) High School, which has one of the largest choral programs in the state.