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The Knox Jazz Ensemble, directed by music faculty Nikki Malley, in the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg during the annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival.

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Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

nmalley@​knox.edu

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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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32%

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

$62,356

Estimated Salary of Alumni with Music Degrees

Knox College

http://www.knox.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/music/career-outcomes

Printed on Sunday, June 13, 2021