Career paths - Music

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

    David Hasseldahl ’09

    Concordia prepared me for my current position as a junior high teacher through classroom interaction with professors and other students as well as practical experience both inside and outside of the classroom. In choral and instrumental ensembles I was introduced to a wide variety of music and learned firsthand from the directors skills I could take and use in my own classroom. Through classroom discussion and one on one conversations with professors I developed leadership, teaching, and musicianship skills that have allowed me to be a more successful teacher.

    David is teaching at Zion Lutheran School in Marengo, Ill.

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

    Allison Dolak CO ’02, GR ’07

    Concordia gave me valuable experiences that guide me everyday. The professors go above and beyond what they need to do to make sure that their graduates are prepared for their vocations.

    Allison is a principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wentzville, Mo.

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

    Rehema Kavugha ’07

    Concordia helped me to be a great teacher by giving pratical lessons and so many resources. The classes I took gave me a good foundation and the experiences of my teachers which they shared often was also very helpful. The best part is that I know no matter where I go, my teachers go with me and even though it has been years since I left Concordia, I have emailed and called for help and they are always there.....a big part of my teaching family!

    Rehema is serving at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Alexandria, Va.

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

    Timothy Shewmaker ’07

    The comprehensive training in church music has been priceless to me as a church music director. In my current position I am responsible for choosing liturgy and hymns that proclaim the Gospel, playing the organ and piano, and directing several different ensembles. Concordia gave me the training I needed to be confident and competent at all of these things.

    Tim serves as a music director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen, Texas

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    ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

    Ann Henny ’11

    My experience while student teaching in China was wonderful. Between the students, cooperating teachers, and the public in general, I feel I have learned a lot about different cultures, how to work with a variety of techniques, and about myself in general.

  • David Hasseldahl

  • Allison Dolak

  • Rehema Kavugha

  • Timothy Shewmaker

  • Ann Henny

By the numbers

Within the past three years, 94% of music majors we've contacted who are actively looking for full-time employment received a full-time position within 12 months of graduation.  

Recent graduate programs entered

Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Concordia University, Mequon, Wis.

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Notre Dame University, Ind.

University of Denver, Colo.

University of Louisville, Ky.

Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.


Recent employers

Anchor Lutheran School, Anchorage, Alaska - music teacher

Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA), Denver, Colo. - director of music

Gloria Dei Lutheran School, Davie, Fla. - music teacher

Immanuel Lutheran School, Wentzville, Mo. - administrator/principal

St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, Neb. - pastor

Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School, Sheboygan, Wis. - choral and band director

Texas A&M University, Kingville, Texas - lecturer of music


What can I do with my major?

Teach - parochial or public, any grades from K-12

Direct - instrumental or choral groups

Perform - be involved in solo or collaborative performances on your principal instrument

Lead music for worship - traditional or non-traditional settings

Compose - in a variety of styles

Attend graduate school