Mark Lundin came to Edgewood College in 2008 seeking a music teaching license. After earning degrees in Music and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Mark served as Communications Manager for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras before he decided that his true passion was to teach youth and guide their musical journeys. “I shared my desire to be a teacher with an orchestra parent who told me to check out Edgewood’s excellent Music and Education departments,” says Lundin. “I was amazed from the start with how personal the faculty members were with me, and they were beside me throughout my entire journey.”
Mark was a leader in the choral music program at Edgewood, assisted with music ministry, and served as Concert and Rehearsal Manager for the Music Department. Despite the challenging economy, he was immediately employed as a music educator upon receiving his license, and is currently teaching vocal music for the Elk Mound (Wisconsin) Area School District. Mark is an active vocalist in the Chippewa Valley and remains involved in music ministry, serving as coordinator of music at the Newman Parish in Eau Claire.
Mark says, “I am continually thankful that I chose Edgewood because of its intimate community of learners and thinkers. I was a person who people knew and cared about, and I could return that compassion with trust. Because of this environment, I was able to grow and discover my fullest potential; I know I wouldn’t have had that opportunity as a non-traditional student at a large university. I remember one of my early meetings with a music professor during which the professor challenged my opinions and teaching philosophy. I felt somewhat defeated at first (there wasn’t anybody else to call on and bail me out!) but I soon realized that I hadn’t experienced that before. Someone cared enough about me to challenge and push me to think further. This was a huge paradigm shift for me and I feel I learned more from that single moment than I did throughout my entire undergraduate experience. I truly consider my Edgewood professors lifelong colleagues.”
“I was able to grow and discover my fullest potential; I know I wouldn’t have had that opportunity as a non-traditional student at a large university.”Mark Lundin