EMERITUS MUSIC FACULTY
|A Berggren J Berggren Hamre Johnson Kirschenmann Moen Palmquist Pearson Sweet Vandervelde|
Alyce Berggren - Alyce Bedrosian grew up in an Armenian family in Chicago. After earning a masters degree in piano from Northwestern University, Northern State Teachers College hired her in 1947. She carried a return train ticket from her concerned father, but never used it. Alyce was named "First Lady of Aberdeen" in 1979 and NSU Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 1987. Alyce taught until 1991 and continued accompanying NSU music students until 2002.
Mavis Hamre - Mavis Hamre graduated from NSC in 1960. She taught at various schools throughout South Dakota. She returned to NSC in 1969 and taught music education until 1985. She made significant contributions to the department, institution, community and state. In 1977, Mavis was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award at NSC. Mavis lives in Mesa, Arizona, and still keeps busy in church and music related organizations.
Wilmer Kirschenmann - Wilmer Kirschenmann grew up in Pollock, SD, graduated from NSC in 1952 and received his Master’s degree from NSC in 1956. He went on to get his Doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 1970. Wilmer taught music education courses at NSC from 1964 to 1991. During his tenure at NSU, he supervised student music teachers, published several textbooks and was active in many city, state and national music organizations. He was a recipient of the Northern State University Excellent in Teaching Award and the Northern State University Service Award. Wilmer and his wife, Lorraine, reside in Aberdeen. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Jan Pearson - Janis Pearson retired from NSU in May 2000 after 36 years of teaching private voice, class voice, music appreciation and the study of opera. She grew up on a farm near Hecla, SD and sang in Los Angeles, CA before teaching at Northern. Her private voice students placed regularly in the annual SDMTA Collegiate Student Auditions. Other students have soloed with the University/Civic Symphony and various University ensembles. She was editor of the South Dakota Musician Magazine for many years and was the advisor for Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. Jan continues to live in Aberdeen. She keeps busy with church choir, music clubs and travels frequently.
Lonn Sweet - Lonn was a member of the music faculty at NSU from 1974 to 2000. He is from Scotland, SD and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota-Springfield. In 1976 Lonn was named Outstanding Alumnus. He served as a clinic/festival guest conductor all over the Midwest. Lonn was active in various local, state and national music organizations. His duties at Northern over the years included directing the marching/symphonic band, teaching low brass, teaching upper class music courses, serving as chair of the music/theatre department chair from 1975 to 1985 and serving as Dean of the School of Fine Arts from 1985 to 2000. In 1997 the Aberdeen Area Arts Council selected him as the Arts Educator Friend of the Arts. He and his wife Dorothy live in Sun City West, AZ in the winter and Enemy Swim, SD (their lake home) in the summer.
Ben Vandervelde - Though he was not actually named an emeritus faculty member, Ben conducted the College/Civic Symphony and taught private strings and music theory for 21 years at NSC. For a time, he also taught orchestra students at Central High School three mornings a week. Ben retired from NSC in May of 1980.