Sing music, will travel.
At least, that was the experience for Meghan Rayment, an Augustana graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music. As a native Camrosian, she didn't have far to go to get to the campus each morning, but while touring with the Augustana Choir she was able to visit New York, Italy, and even—as an alumnus —Hungary.
"My experiences with the choir are some of the highlights of my time at Augustana.”
"It made me want to keep singing, and to study conducting as well."
In the years since her graduation, she has kept to that course, adding elements to her education through a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the North Campus in Edmonton, and most recently starting an after-degree in education.
Says Meghan, "My goal is to teach music in the school system, preferably at the elementary level.
"I've always wanted to be an elementary school teacher, and my experiences at Augustana, and later at the U of A, helped me to understand how I could do that in combination with music.
"Singing with the choir, for instance, made me want to learn more about choral singing and conducting. I began working with children’s choirs and am now an active member of the Alberta Kodály Association, which is dedicated to the music education of children."
In some ways, it may seem that she hasn't travelled that far at all. Meghan grew up in Camrose, and now calls Edmonton home. She wanted to be an elementary school teacher growing up, and will soon be leading music classes in school.
Meghan would probably disagree, however. For her, the path she took to get from there to here has made all the difference.