Professor of Music
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What drew you to want to teach at GC?
The students at Goshen inspire me as some of the most energized, astute and thoughtful college students I’ve ever encountered. I wanted to participate in a learning environment of that caliber.
What do you love most about teaching GC students?
They love to sing, they love to create new things, they love discovery.
What excites you about music?
The unlimited power and potential that music finds in us continues to inspire and motivate me. Our hurting world needs the beauty and understanding that music can create, both within the individual and in a gathered community.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your academic work?
Gardening, quilting, reading, traveling, running, camping, swimming, biking, sharing meals and activities with my children, and hanging out with my cats.
How does the college’s vision (international, intercultural, interdisciplinary and integrative) connect or shape your teaching and work?
My focus is on multicultural music and the community that it creates across the globe and across centuries. The best music has a story connected to it. That story may highlight the diversity of the expressed musical experience, but it also shows how we are united as human beings.
How do you strive to make peace through your work and life?
By not being afraid to wade into situations that may be filled with conflict, and trying to find the thread that connects us as humans. Music is the best starting point I know for that to happen.
Is there anything else you would like prospective students to know about you?
Looking for and finding new multicultural music for my choirs to sing is like opening a present on Christmas Day – a delightful discovery with great promise!