Where did you earn your undergraduate degree from?
I earned my undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, double emphasis on vocal and instrumental music. My main instruments were flute and voice.
Why did you choose the SOT?
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, I instantly fell in love with the campus — and all the staff and other students were so welcoming.
How has your experience been thus far?
My experiences were great! The professors are genuine, personable and knowledgeable. The classes have been interesting, and I enhanced 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.
What is your field of study and other interests?
My field of study was 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.
What are you doing in your classes relevant to your field of study?
In my classes I learned about liturgy and its historical development, theological foundations and current practices. I gained a theological foundation for liturgical music as well. I took organ, voice and composition lessons. In class, we connected and integrated theology, liturgy and liturgical music, as well as learned about the practical elements that are essential to being a church music director.
What advice would you give to students considering enrolling in the SOT?
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.
What are your goals after graduation?
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!
What is your current position?
I will be starting this Fall as the 6-12 Vocal Instructor for the Lennox School District in South Dakota.