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Strum directs WAHS vocalists, attends school

He’s only been on the job for a couple of months, but he’s excited and eager to show off his choirs in Monday evening’s annual Sounds of the Season Concert in the Windom Area Middle High School Gold Gym.

“He” is Matt Strum, who was hired to direct Windom Area Schools’ middle and high school vocal music program.

“This was my dream job,” Strum says. “Sometimes you’re a little blinded by what the dream job is. There were definitely some things I didn’t think about prior to being a choir director, but it has been absolutely wonderful.”

Strum is working with grades 6-12 and says the school district has been great to work with. He also has gotten much-appreciated guidance from former director Rachel Axford and her husband, Jim.

Strum has only been on the job since Oct. 18 and is actually pulling double duty, directing Windom’s vocal music program and going back to school to get his music teaching certification. He is presently living in Lake Crystal and attending classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“This is brand new to me. I have never taught before,” Strum says. “While I can work with a choir and know how to do those things, the classroom management has been challenging.”

So, how did he wind up teaching Windom’s music program, while just starting to go back to school for what he is presently teaching?

Find out by picking up a copy of the Dec. 8 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands now.

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