The maestro for our March 14 Spring Orchestra Concert was none other than a WCGS graduate ('04) and our current strings teacher/director David Petersons. He's involved in so many facets of our school's music program, from elementary to jr. high. A Music Education graduate of Wheaton College, he has taught at WCGS since 2013. We interviewed David for Faculty Friday:
1. As a WCGS grad, what is it like to teach along with some people who were your teachers? Did you aspire to teach at WCGS? How did it all come to be?
It is an incredible honor to teach beside seasoned teachers, some of whom were my own teachers at WCGS. I love that there is such an investment from these teachers that conveys their belief in the school’s biblical worldview and philosophy of education. Beginning in high school, I knew I either wanted to teach math or music one day and while at Wheaton College, I decided I wanted to teach music. I never thought I would be able to teach at WCGS because I didn’t think I would be good enough. Not until graduating did I see it as a realistic possibility. I heard about the opening and knew that if it was God’s plan for my life then I would get the position. I love working here!
2. What does an average work day look like for you?
On an average day, I teach all the Orchestra ensembles that include 4th - 8th graders. I also teach Music Foundations to the Junior High. I coach the Praise Team which rehearses after school and leads worship at every Chapel. I also run an after school 3rd grade viola club on Thursdays. The rest of my days are filled with sectionals comprised of the students in all the ensembles.
3. What do you like most about your job?
I love connecting with students, and especially through music. The best memories I have are when students have a lot of fun working hard on a piece that they are finally able to play. This gives them such confidence and pride in what they do. I love it when students are able to use music to bless others. I love taking my students to nursing homes where they can not only connect through their music, but then talk with the residents and share a human connection with someone much older. God uses these opportunities to allow students to see beyond themselves to how God can use them at any age.
4. What's a fun fact about David Petersons?
I definitely love playing bluegrass/Irish music with Dave Wright (gr. 4-5 vocal music teacher and band director). I am also in an Irish folk band that performs at different venues. That is a lot of fun. I also perform with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra regularly and actually had the opportunity to solo with them this past January.
David and his wife Carmen celebrated the birth of their daughter, Lydia Lark on November 20, 2016. Talented musician, skilled teacher and director, husband, new dad and dedicated Christ-follower -- we're thankful that grad David Petersons has returned to teach at WCGS!
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