Welcome to the 2016 Choral Music Institute at Oxford Blog. This year’s bloggers are Westminster Choir College students Colton Martin and Kristin Schenk, who send their greetings below:
Hello, I’m entering my second year of graduate studies in Sacred Music (Choral Conducting) at WCC.
I was born and raised in the American Midwest (Nebraska) and grew up on a small farm with a family of five. I began piano studies in the second grade and continued through high school, deciding to pursue a degree in music at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS).
I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Theology, and Philosophy. During my undergraduate studies, I was heavily involved with church music ministries on campus as well as the local churches and monastery.
I currently hold a position as Principal Organist and Accompanist at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, PA.
I’m thrilled to introduce myself as one of this year’s bloggers for the Choral Music Institute at Oxford University! I am entering my senior year at Westminster Choir College pursuing a B.M. in Music Education as well as an M.A. in Teaching.
I have been a part of Vox Mousai Women’s Choir for my freshman and sophomore years, and I now sing in Jubilee Singers and Westminster Williamson Voices. I have served as an Associate Conductor for the WCC Neighborhood Community Children’s Choir and as President of our school’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education. This year, I have the honor of serving as secretary on the New Jersey Music Education Association (NJ chapter of NAfME) Collegiate Executive Board.
In the future, I plan to pursue additional education in creative arts therapy with an emphasis in music therapy, which I hope to incorporate in my music classroom.
This is my first year at the Choral Music Institute at Oxford, and I could not be more excited, especially with my love for travel and international culture! I cannot wait to make music all week with the people I call my family and share my experiences with you!