Music Careers and Outcomes

One year after their graduation from Houghton

94.4% of music majors responding to a recent survey reported being employed or in graduate school.

Selected employment after six months.

  • Organist and Choir Director, United Church of Painted Post
  • High School Orchestra Director, Lake Shore Central School District
  • Jr./Sr. High School Choral Director, Cranberry Area School District

Selected grad school enrollment after six months.

  • MMusEd, Music Education/Choral Conducting, The Hartt School at the University of Hartford
  • MMus, Music, The Boston Conservatory
  • MMus, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Penn State University
  • MMus, Choral Conducting, Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College

Greatbatch School of Music Alumni

Paul Williamson '95

Paul Williamson

Independent Professional Opera Singer

M.F.A, Voice and Opera, Nizhny Novgorod Stat Conservatory

Artist Diploma, Voice and Opera, University of Manitoba

Clayton Hamilton '10

Clayton Hamilton

Upper School Music Teacher,  Rising Tide Charter Public School

M.M., Saxaphone Performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Laura Danneker '12

Laura Danneker

Middle and High School Music Teacher,  Dalat International School (Malaysia)

Kimberley Prins-Moeller '05

Kimberley Prins-Moeller

Instructor of Voice and Musical Theatre,  Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI

D.M.A., Voice Performance, University of Arizona

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

Music and Worship Director, Houghton Wesleyan Church


Instructor of Voice, Houghton College

Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Music Director,  Irish Video Game Orchestra

M.A., Arts Management, Queen's University Belfast

What can I do and where can I go with a major in Music?

Positions held by graduates

  • Elementary music teachers
  • High school music teachers
  • College or university music professors
  • Opera or musical theater performers
  • Recording artists
  • Independent performers
  • Directors of professional choirs, chamber ensembles, touring companies, and orchestras
  • Instrument curator
  • Music librarians
  • Church musicians
  • Directors of worship
  • Church organists

Graduate Schools attended

  • Binghamton University
  • Boston University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • California State University - Northridge
  • Cincinnati Conservatory
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College
  • Ithaca College
  • Mannes College of Music
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northern Colorado
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • Penn State University
  • Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
  • Royal College of Music
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • West Virginia University
  • Westminster Choir College

For more information on career planning, visit the Houghton College Vocational Opportunities and Career Advising Center (VOCA).
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