Below are just some of the careers and positions Lakeland University music students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- Graduate Studies: recent positions at James Madison University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Business Owners and Private Entrepreneurs: Dreams Unlimited and New Song Piano Studio
- Teachers: positions with public school districts and private schools in Sheboygan, Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Waupun, New Holstein and throughout the Midwest
- Performers: players with local municipal bands and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra; singers with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Lakeshore Chorale and the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus
Snapshot of Success
Name: Stephanie Stowers
Hometown: Howards Grove, Wis.
Title: Elementary and Middle General Music Instructor - Sheboygan Falls
In her freshman year of high school, Stephanie Stowers knew she wanted a career in music. Her love for singing and playing piano was the driving factor for choosing a music degree.
Seeking a school close to home, Stephanie transferred to Lakeland after hearing about their music program. "I could tell immediately that it was a place where I would have one-on-one interaction with professors and feel a sense of belonging in the music building," Stephanie states.
After graduating in 2014 with a choral and general music education and vocal performance degree, Stephanie started her career as a general music teacher. She currently teaches elementary and middle general music in Sheboygan Falls, WI and is attending Silver Lake College to earn a master's degree in music education.
"There are a lot of days where I sit back and think, man, I have a pretty awesome job where I get to sing and make music with kids all day," she says. "The days go so fast and no day is like the other. I truly don't know what I would do if I wasn't a music teacher."
Name: Kelli S. Martin
Hometown: La Crosse, Wis.
Title: Associate Director of Bands/K-5 General Music - West Salem
Kelli Martin (A.K.A. Kmart) is originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Raised on French Island, Mrs. Martin attended Logan High School in La Crosse. She received private piano instruction from MaryAnn Buettner and Elizabeth Mittelsteadt. She also received private flute instruction from Vicki Bigley, who was the principal flautist for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Martin received her Bachelor of Arts Degree ('97) in Instrumental & General Music Education from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she studied flute under Jon C. Meyer and Lewis A. Schmidt. Her piano instruction was under Marlene Wondergem.
Her first two professional years were spent as the beginning band instructor for the Wausau Area Catholic Schools in Wausau, Wisconsin and for St. Mary's School in Marathon, Wisconsin. The next three years found her teaching elementary music and beginning band for the Three Lakes School District in Wisconsin's Northwoods. Mrs. Martin joined the music faculty of the West Salem Schools in the fall of 2002. She teaches Kindergarten, 1st and 5th Grade music, is the associate band director at West Salem High School, and offers two music elective courses at the high school (Music Theory and Music Appreciation).
In addition to her duties with the West Salem Schools, Mrs. Martin serves as the Director of Sacred Music for the parishes of St. Leo the Great in West Salem and St. Mary in Bangor, WI. Mrs. Martin currently lives in West Salem with her husband, Steve, their three daughters—Rachael, Sydney, and Evelyn—and their pets, cat, Percy (Grainger) and dog, Jazz.