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Nikki Malley

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Where will your music degree take you?

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

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Graduate Student, Western Illinois University. Rachel Cheng '17.
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts Studies in Music Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Edward Davis '12.
  • Masters in Jazz Studies, Portland State University. Corey Heppner '10.
  • Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin. Yumi Kusunoki '10.

Some are performers (or directors!)...

  • Independent Musician/Songwriter/Bandmember. Adam Prairie '05. Seattle, Washington.
  • Musician/Pianist/Songwriter. Trey Stone '93.
  • Director of Music, Chicago Temple. Erik Nussbaum '93. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Opera singer, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus. Christine Steyer '92. Chicago, Illinois.

Some go into education...

  • Music Teacher, Ewing Marion Kauffman School. Martina Bergstrom '15.
  • Teacher, Portland Public Schools. John Eisemann '10. Portland, Oregon.
  • Private Voice Instructor. Samantha Heimstreet '10. Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
  • Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Chicago. Will Faber '07.
  • Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra, Florida Southern College. Kira Horel '06.
  • Instructor, Buena Vista University. Heather Holmquest '05.
  • Naomi Brandon and George Emery Wade Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Roanoke College. Jeffrey Sandborg '75. Roanoke, Virginia.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Application Consultant, Workforce Software. Rebecca Krupp '16.
  • Project Assistant, Kirkland & Ellis. Josh Gartis '12. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bilingual Japanese Translator, Nintendo. Robert Tunstall '06. Seattle, Washington. 
  • Senior Managing Actuary,  CNO Financial. Jill Reeve Kirk '77. Carmel, Indiana.

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Music Alumni Working in Related Field

Top Occupations of Music Alumni

  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Instructors
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Financial Managers
  5. Software Developers
  6. Teaching Assistants


Estimated Salary of Alumni with Music Degrees

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Printed on Wednesday, December 8, 2021