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Laura Lane directs the Knox College Choir in rehearsal at Central Congregational Church in Galesburg.

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Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Envelopes filled with lyrics for the choir.

Where will your music degree take you?

A Knox music education opens doors to many possible futures for our graduates.

Some are performers...

  • Adam Prairie '05, Independent Musician/Songwriter/Bandmember, Seattle, Washington.
  • Trey Stone '93, Pianist, Second City, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Christine Steyer '92, Opera singer, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus, Chicago, Illinois.

Some are music educators...

  • John Eisemann '10, Director of Choirs, Grant High School, Portland, Oregon.
  •  Samantha Heimstreet '10, Private Voice Instructor, Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
  • Erik Nussbaum '93, Director of Music, Chicago Temple, Chicago, Illinois.

Some go to grad school...

  • Edward Davis '12, Doctorate of Musical Arts Studies in Music Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Corey Heppner '10, Masters in Jazz Studies, Portland State University.
  • Yumi Kusunoki '10, Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin.
  • Heather Holmquest  '05 , Ph.D. in Music Theory, University of Oregon.

Some work in higher education...

  • Kira Horel '06, Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Orchestra, Florida Southern College.
  • Will Faber '07, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago.
  • Jeffrey Sandborg '75, Naomi Brandon and George Emery Wade Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities, Roanoke College, Roanoke, Virginia.

Others have succeeded in fields outside of music...

  • Josh Gartis '12, Project Assistant, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Robert Tunstall '06, Bilingual Japanese Translator, Nintendo, Seattle, Washington. 
  • Jill Reeve Kirk '77, Senior Managing Actuary,  CNO Financial, Carmel, Indiana.

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