I got to thinking on Labor Day — thinking about my own employment history.
Herewith, a chronology:
1977. Zarda Dairy, Lee’s Summit. Soda jerk and stock boy. I was sixteen.
1977. Piano teacher.
1978. Hardee’s, Lee’s Summit. Shift manager by the time I left in 1980.
1980. First Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit. Summer intern.
1981. Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar. Summer Admissions staff.
1982. Missouri Baptist Convention. Summer missionary in Tarkio.
1983. Trinity Baptist Church of Willow Springs, Missouri. Associate Pastor.
1984. Southwest Baptist University. Assistant Director of Admissions.
1986. Southwest Baptist University. Director of Admissions.
1987. McCamm Management Co., Blue Springs, Missouri. Director of Public Relations for a McDonald’s franchise.
1988. Self-employed music teacher, Blue Springs and Independence. A constant through my life until June 1999.
1989. Christ Community Church, Blue Springs. Choirmaster/organist.
1990. Blue River Community College. Adjunct faculty. Conductor of Jacomo Chorale, a constant through February 1999.
1991. University of Central Missouri. Graduate teaching assistant.
1993. Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), Blue Springs. Choirmaster/organist.
1993. Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Adjunct voice faculty.
1993. University of Central Missouri. Lecturer in Music.
1995. St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Independence. Choirmaster/organist.
1996. University of Kansas, Lawrence. Doctoral teaching assistant.
1997. First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence. Choirmaster.
1999. Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro. Assistant Professor of Music.
1999. Owensboro Symphony Chorus. Conductor.
2000. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Assistant Professor of Music.
2000. Trinity Episcopal Church, Anderson, Indiana. Choirmaster/organist.
2003. Grace Episcopal Church, Muncie. Choirmaster.
2008. Webster University, Saint Louis. Associate Professor of Music & Chair of the Department of Music.
2008. Gateway Men’s Chorus of Saint Louis. Artistic Director and Conductor.
2008. Church of Saint Michael and Saint George, Clayton. Section leader.
2008. Studio voice teacher, Saint Louis.
2011. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Section leader.
2012. Church of Saint Michael and Saint George, Clayton. Section leader.
2014. New Line Theatre, Saint Louis. Resident music director.
I read years ago that the average person has seven different career profiles during her or his lifetime.
So far in mine:
- Soda jerk
- fast food kid
- pastor and youth pastor
- admissions officer
- public relations guy
- church musician
- choral director
- voice teacher
- university administrator
- musical theatre director
- singer and soloist
Each of these are truly different professions, often drawing on the same skill set. And with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies as the first of several degrees.
I’ve been blessed, indeed!