I had the opportunity to get two local musicians and educators, Jacqueline Kriebel and Joseph Weseloh, in Studio 1-A along with Tyler Millslagle (you might remember him from our previous episode) to dive into what exactly it takes to be a music educator in Rapid City and what kind of influence you have over children's development, especially when you include the use of music in your teachings.
Jackie, Joe, Tyler and I are all apart of the cast of The Robber Bridegroom, which is currently playing it's final weekend at the Firehouse Brewing Theatre. We talk a bit about that in this episode, along with plenty of other non-sequiturs. But Jackie, Joe and I share a unique bond in that we are all making our live band debut in a musical. We talk about our experience in that show, with music in general and the four of us share our common bond with growing up with music. Whether we stuck with it or not.
All in all, it was a fantastic time to get to know these two fantastic human beings and definitely look for Tyler to join us on more episodes as we progress!
Vonnie Houchin is an amazing human being, plain and simple, and also one of the busiest people in Rapid City! She's always on the go, going from one rehearsal to another, from one meeting to another but always has time to be home with her family. She is the master of healthy work-life balance and is an inspiration to many.
Vonnie teaches 6th grade at Southwest Middle School, is the music director for First Baptist Church, a very talented pianist and can be found music directing for the Firehouse Brewing Theatre and the Black Hills Playhouse. Often times she will play for many musical theatre auditions around the area.
Check out the latest episode with local pipe and tobacco enthusiast, Thomas Golden! We candidly discuss a variety of subjects including Thomas' experience working as Executive Director of the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, his time in the Navy, his struggles with PTSD, being a partial stay-at-home Dad and, of course, all the juicy details concerning his pipe carving.
This one is a supersized episode. The first half, I have the pleasure of hanging out with Tyler Millslagle and hearing about his story. The second half, we "nerd out" over nerdy things. Fun was had. Things were learned. Lives were changed.
Some adult language in this one— sorry, folks!
Thanks for listening!