I graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in music education. My primary areas were flute and voice.
I am in my first year of graduate school here. I chose this school because I wanted a Catholic foundation for furthering my knowledge of liturgical music. The program here is fantastic; it integrates theology, liturgy and music. When I auditioned here last year, I instantly fell in love with the campus — and all the staff and other students were so welcoming.
My experience here has been great! The professors are genuine, personable and knowledgeable. The classes have been interesting, and I'm enhancing my skills greatly. There's so much going on and activities to become involved in. It's a wonderful community to be a part of.
My field of study is liturgical music. I am a musician through and through: I play flute, piccolo, piano, keyboard and sing. My interests include composing, songwriting, arranging, performing, teaching and studying music. Some other hobbies I have are running, baking, reading and painting. I also love traveling.
In my classes I am learning about liturgy and its historical development, theological foundations and current practices. I am gaining a theological foundation for liturgical music as well. I am taking organ, voice and composition lessons. In class, we connect and integrate theology, liturgy and liturgical music, as well as learn about the practical elements that are essential to being a church music director.
I would suggest really reflecting on what you want to accomplish in your life and what you feel called to do. If your calling would be better achieved through attaining a degree in the SOT, then join us — it will be a worthwhile adventure.
After I graduate, I hope to move somewhere with a warmer climate! I hope to either work as a church music director, a choral director at a high school or a teacher at a music academy and to continue developing my private studio. I also will continue composing, songwriting, arranging and performing and see where that leads me!